Noel, a melancholy 20-something, has returned for the fifth year to a Greenpoint street corner to sell Christmas trees. He spends the season living in a cold trailer, warming himself by the stove, and contriving of answers to a question his customers keep asking him: "where's that nice girl from last year?" One cold night Noel helps a young woman who has fallen asleep, inebriated, on a park bench. Rather than the start of a romance, his friendship with this stranger perhaps heralds the beginning of a new year.
Capturing the wintry atmosphere of New York alongside the eccentricities of its denizens, Christmas, Again is a low-key, naturalistic portrait of an average man attempting to overcome loss. Charles Poekel's first feature premiered at Sundance, Locarno, IndieLisboa, Cleveland, Maryland, and Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and is a NYT Critics' Pick.