The gifts have been wrapped and dropped off, le Monsieur has completed his holiday baking (and has delighted several of our neighbors with plates of cookies and brownies). Now I’m looking forward to a few days without any obligations.
Tonight we’ll be enjoying some takeout from a local French bistro, and then watching my favorite holiday movie, “The Thin Man.” (OK, so it’s not a holiday movie in the traditional sense, but it does take place over the holidays…) This movie has it all…snappy banter, shady characters, boozy get-togethers, a precocious terrier, and of course, a murder to be solved.
A few other things we’ve been watching and that I’d recommend, though none are particularly “light”:
- Criminal: France (there are several versions of this limited series, each set in a different country, though the same stage set and process are used in each). Only 3 episodes, so not a huge commitment.
- Herrens Veje. A Danish drama about a clerical “dynasty” of sorts. Family ties and conflicts, but fascinating and very well done.
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Based on the play by August Wilson, this adaptation is quite theatrical in format as well. It wasn’t quite what we were expecting, but was very, very compelling. Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman (in his last role) deliver remarkable performances.
- Sanditon (on PBS) based on an unfinished work by Jane Austen. It’s a bit fast and “fluffy,” (and some of the dialog feels a bit too modern) but a light and fun distraction with pretty scenery and costumes.
Joyeux Noël to those who are celebrating. I wish you a holiday filled with warmth and love.