Lost at Christmas
Lost at Christmas, inspired by the short film, Perfect Strangers, is the story of an unlikely romance in the Scottish highlands. Comedic, light-hearted and finished off with lashings of snow, Lost at Christmas is full of all of the things that make festive films great: the promise of magic, log fires and an exploration of the true meaning of Christmas.
After both experiencing heartbreak, Jen (Natalie Clark) and Rob (Kenny Boyle), meet at a train station in a scene not unlike Brief Encounter; both are keen to get as far away from the Highlands as possible, but heavy snowfall and train cancellations mean they have to take refuge in a nearby lodge. Jen is keen to make the most of the holiday season, whereas Rob, and the other guests at the lodge, are bogged down by their own frustrations and initially unwilling to participate in any festivities.
As with many Christmas films, the formula remains the same: people who do not want to enjoy Christmas end up enjoying Christmas. Designed to raise spirits, the film is sweet and to the point, with an excellent score by Stephen Wright. Nevertheless, there is room for a more in-depth exploration of the characters, which would allow us to become more invested in the story, particularly where the secondary characters are concerned (likely due to the source material originally being so succinct, the feature having been developed from a short film). Despite this, the cast have excellent chemistry, allowing for moments of real tenderness, particularly in a scene between Jen and Ernie (Sylvester McCoy), a hotel guest. The central couple also share a remarkable on-screen connection.
Lost at Christmas is the perfect film to watch on a cold afternoon, wrapped up in blankets and making your way through a box of chocolates. Entertaining and heartwarming, a great way to escape from reality.
Lost at Christmas is released nationwide on 4th December 2020, and on demand on 7th December 2020.
Watch the trailer for Lost at Christmas here: