2001, USA, 90 min.
Director: Abel Ferrara
Screenplay: Scott Pardo, Abel Ferrara
Photo: Ken Kelsch
Editing: Bill Pankow
Decor: Frank De Curtis
Music: Schooly D
Cast: Drea Dematteo, Lillo Brancato, Ice-T, Victor
Argo, Naomi Morales
Production: Pierre Kalfon, STUDIO CANAL
Summary of the film / Synopsis du film en francais (Kinemafilm.com)
abbreviated translation of the Kinemafilm-summary:
A Christmas-story by Abel Ferrara
The religious institution where their daughter goes to school has organised
a spectacle and a party. It´s christmas in New York, and the couple
of young immigrants films the event. They´re a united family, drive
a BMW, live in a luxus appartment, seem to bath in money.
Santa Claus has promised their daughter the doll which is fashionable
at the moment, the so called "Party Girl". Everybody wants to have it and
there´s no one anymore in the big magasins. Fortunately, they´ve
other means to get it.
If they respect the traditions and values of their new country, if
they seem to live the american dream, it´s thanks to their business:
they are drogue dealers.
She´s from Puerto Rico and met him in Santo Domingo, with 15
years. she passed her holidays there with a school friend. They fell in
love and decided to try their luck together in New York.
For people like them, the best way to have success today, is by drogue
business. For them, it´s quite a normal business, because they don´t
consume any themselves.
The other side of their live, the lab where they prepare the paquets
of coke, with their workers, and their Bronx dealers, is tradidional and
like a family, too. Christmas, is christmas for everybody, even for the
Together, they go to search for the "Party Girl" that Santa Claus
promised to their daughter.
While she waits for her husband in the car, a man beats at the car
window. He shows her the passport of her husband. He has kidnapped him.
She has exactly 20 minutes pour getting a lot of money. Totally confused
and crying, she drives to the city, to the places where her dealers work.
But who will give her lots of money on christmas eve? On christmas,
one doesn´t do business. And everybody has already left and gone
Two times, she goes back to the kidnapper, who demands always more
money. She´s only interested in liberating her husband. She doesn´t
already know what they´ve done to him.
And by the way, who´s this kidnapper? He says everything about
them. He even knows their daughter... He doesn´t hide his admiration
for what she does for her husband, for her courage. He´s apparently
moved by her love for her husband. At christmas, miracles are possible.
Even for them.