12 days of not-so-Christmassy Christmas movies: ‘Tangerine’

With December filled with the standard, but also very welcome, Christmas movies, like “A Christmas Story” (1983), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “Scrooged” (1988), and other versions of “A Christmas Carol”, AHFW decided to look back at 12 movies that feature Christmas as well!  The only difference is the said holiday is not the main focus of these films.  Furthermore, you may not even know that Dec. 25 is even mentioned in these movies.

Without further ado, let’s get started with “Tangerine”!

“Tangerine” (2015) – In a colorful Los Angeles neighborhood, a transgender prostitute Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) just got out of prison, but is furious, when she discovers that her boyfriend Chester (James Ransone) has been cheating on her.  He’s also her pimp, so one might question his honor from the get-go, but in any event, Sin-Dee is h*ll-bent on confronting Chester and his new girlfriend.

Although the film takes place on Christmas Eve, there is nothing family-friendly about this edgy, brash and raw rated-R comedy, but co-writer/director Sean Baker’s theatrical release is also unique, because he shot his picture with three iPhones.  “Tangerine” was released in 2015, so just imagine what Baker could do today with three iPhone XRs.   Well, Christmas is coming…

(Available on iTunes, Amazon Streaming and Netflix DVD)

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Image credits: Magnolia Pictures; Trailer credits: TopFILMDemo

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