Home for Christmas (TV series)
|Home for Christmas|
|Genre||Romantic comedy, |
|Directed by||Per-Olav Sørensen|
|Country of origin||Norway|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||5 December 2019|
Home for Christmas (Norwegian: Hjem til jul) is a Norwegian television series that premiered on Netflix in December 2019. It stars Ida Elise Broch as Johanne, who scrambles to get a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas Eve.
Johanne (Broch) is a nurse in her 30s, working at a hospital in Norway. During Advent dinner, she feels pressured by her family to be in a relationship. She lies and tells them that she has a boyfriend, and that he will accompany her to Christmas dinner.
Johanne then tries to find a boyfriend through speed dating, internet dating, and other means. She goes on dates with several men, including 18 year old Jonas (Felix Sandman), and the much older Bengt Erik (Bjørn Skagestad). She also has a brief sexual encounter with Eira, one of her female coworkers.
None of this results in Johanne finding a boyfriend. In the last episode of season one, coworker Dr. Henrik tells her that he loves her. They are interrupted by a medical emergency before she can respond. She then goes to her parent's house for Christmas dinner. During dinner, the doorbell rings. The first season ends with a shot of Johanne's face as she opens the door, possibly for one of her suitors.
The series takes place in Oslo, with winter scenes taking place in the copper mining town Røros. Unexpected warmth resulted in snow being transported from Røros Airport to create the winter scenes. It was produced by the Oslo Company, and financed and distributed by Netflix as an original series.
The idea for the show was created by two advertisement students, Amir Shaheen and Kristian Andersen, who derived the concept from the popular Nordic TV Christmas calendars, televised advent calendars with an episode broadcast each day of December until Christmas Eve. They decided not to draw inspiration from Christmas films but rather other Norwegian series such as the teenage series Skam. They pitched the idea to the Oslo Company.
The director of the series was Per-Olav Sørensen.
Cast and characters
- Ida Elise Broch as Johanne, 30 year old nurse and protagonist
- Gabrielle Leithaug as Jørgunn, Johanne's roommate and best friend
- Dennis Storhøi as Tor, Johanne's father
- Anette Hoff as Jorid, Johanne's mother
- Ghita Nørby as Mrs. Nergaard, COPD patient at the hospital
- Hege Schøyen as Bente, manages the nurses at the hospital
- Bjørn Skagestad as Bengt Erik, politician and businessman
- Felix Sandman as Jonas, 19 year old Johanne meets online
- Line Verndal as Eira, works at the hospital
- Oddgeir Thune as Henrik, a doctor
The series received mostly good reviews. Verdens Gang gave it three out of six stars, likening it to a hybrid of Bridget Jones and Love Actually with a pointless narrative, but NRK called it a must-see for fans of Christmas romances and praised it for a well made atmosphere of Christmas hygge (coziness).
Leah Thomas of Cosmopolitan said "This soap opera drama series will have your jaw dropping with all the twists turns imaginable. Besides the fact that it's perfectly messy, I love this show because I have no idea who I want Johanne to end up with. Actually, I don't know if I even want her to end up with anyone, and I think that’s the entire point."
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