December 8, 2006
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy
The increasingly popular phenomenon of house-swapping is captured on film in "The Holiday," in which sweet English writer and workaholic American Amanda, who makes movie trailers, decide to spend Christmas in each other's homes. Both of them have suffered crushing romantic blows recently and want some time away, but they quickly find themselves involved in new potential relationships, Iris with film composer Miles and Amanda with Iris's brother Graham. In addition to the romance, there is a blossoming friendship between Iris and Amanda's 90-year-old neighbor Arthur, who is a screenwriting legend. Both women who were struggling in their home environments begin to flourish in unfamiliar surroundings, but their new situations are only short-term, and they have some big decisions to make before they go home.