Comfort and Joy

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"A serious comedy"
  • PG
  • 1984
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 6.6  (2,335)

Comfort and Joy is a 1984 Scottish film directed by Bill Forsyth, starring Bill Paterson, Eleanor David, and Clare Grogan. The film's premise revolves around a radio DJ named Allan "Dicky" Bird (Bill Paterson), who is going through a midlife crisis. Looking for comfort and joy during the Christmas holiday, Allan inadvertently becomes involved in a conflict between two rival ice cream companies.

Allan's life is turned upside down when his girlfriend, Maddy (Eleanor David), leaves him on Christmas Eve. Alone and feeling lost, Allan finds solace in the familiar sounds of his own radio station. However, his world is forever changed when he accidentally overhears a conversation between two rival ice cream companies who are at war with each other. As Allan becomes more and more interested in this ongoing battle, he finds himself being courted by both sides.

As he navigates through his newfound role as a go-between for the rival ice cream companies, Allan's own life begins to take on new meaning. He forms a connection with one of the company representatives, Charlotte (Clare Grogan), and begins to see the world through her eyes. This perspective shift allows him to recognize what is truly important in life and helps him come to terms with his own personal struggles.

Throughout the film, we see Allan grow and change as he becomes embroiled in this ice cream war. His journey is one of self-discovery and rediscovery, as he is forced to confront his own views on love, life, and happiness. The film is both heartwarming and humorous, with Forsyth’s characteristic quirkiness shining through in each scene.

One of the standout features of Comfort and Joy is its soundtrack, which features music from Scottish band Orange Juice. The film's score is a perfect accompaniment to the story, evoking the wistful and sentimental tone of the film. There is a palpable sense of nostalgia that permeates throughout the film, particularly in its montages of Edinburgh during the Christmas season.

Comfort and Joy is a film that captures both the joy and the melancholy of the holiday season. It is a reminder that even in the midst of chaos and conflict, there is always hope and the possibility for unexpected connections. With its brilliant cast, charming storyline, and festive atmosphere, Comfort and Joy is a film that is sure to bring comfort and joy to viewers of all ages.

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    1 hr 46 min
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    6.6  (2,335)