Home for Christmas

FILM REVIEW: Home for Christmas (OT: Hjem til jul) – filmed in Røros, Norway

In this super-amusing romantic series set in the beautiful, snowy Norwegian town of Røros, 30-year-old Johanna tries to find a new boyfriend in the 24 days leading up to Christmas…..

Johanna (Ida Alice Broch) is a bubbly Norwegian. She lives in an apartment building with a friend in Riros and works as a nurse at the local hospital.

But, uh… Johanna is 30 years old and… she is still single. But all too often she is reminded that it is not good for her age…. especially at Christmas in December.

The first season of Home for Christmas, which premiered on the 5th. December 2019 published, begins with an early Christmas dinner at Johanna’s parents’ home.

The scene in the house at Christmas. Photo: Netflix

At this dinner Johanna is placed among her brother’s twins because she gets along well with them.

When others push her to have a boyfriend and become a mother herself, Joanna panics and suddenly tells them she has a new boyfriend.

Immediately, the whole family can’t wait to meet him. But here’s the problem: Johanna doesn’t really have a boyfriend. But, uh… she’s got 24 days to find one…

The scene in the house at Christmas. Photo: Netflix

Looking for true love for Christmas, Johanna goes on a few dates.

For example, there is Stein, the athlete, who lets her ski with him and then abandons her because she is too slow to follow him.

And then there’s this 18-year-old (almost 19) Swedish boy named Jonas (Felix Sandman, known for the Netflix Quicksand series), who meets Johanna through a dating app. His parents seem to be incredibly wealthy, so he has a very luxurious home while his parents are in Stockholm.

Johanna, 30, and her 18-year-old bastard, Jonas, have a date at a nightclub that soon turns into a torrid encounter. Photo: Netflix

And then there’s the guy who has a little bit of anger and gets all panicky when he goes to the escape room on his date with Johanna.

And if that wasn’t enough, Joanna also dates a hot lesbian in a public place, tries a quick date with a bunch of geeks and goes to the movies with a guy who absolutely hates classic Christmas love.

Well, the joys and pitfalls of dating… Don’t we hate them all and love them all at the same time?

Johanna’s appointments usually take place in the beautiful Norwegian town where she lives: Rose.

Rheoros is a town full of snowy wooden houses that look almost too cute to be true…. But Røros is a real Norwegian town, and the people really live there!

The city is located in central Norway, near the city of Trondheim and the border with Sweden. It was a copper mining town and it still has a museum that tells the story of that time.

To find out how to visit the town of Røros, Norway, and how to find the locations for Home for Christmas, check out this travel blog post.

The scene of the house on Christmas Day and I were on the same street where this scene was filmed in August 2020.
Photo 1 : Netflix. Photo 2: Sonia Iranian.

There’s a little bit of everything in this show: Firstly, it is very suitable (especially for all single women over 30) for the modern aspect of multicultural Norwegian society.

Second: It’s hilarious. Finally, the series has an excellent location in snowy Norway and (very Christmasy)!

What else do you want to get in the mood for Christmas and mating season?

The scene in the house at Christmas. Photo: Netflix

The first season ended on a cliffhanger, and I waited a year to find out which of the guys she was dating would actually be Johanna’s new boyfriend.

The second season came out on the 18th. December 2020, published on Netflix, focuses on the ups and downs of Johanna’s new relationship, as well as some of her exes and family issues, a year after the events of the first season.

The only downside to this brilliant series is that each season only has 6 episodes. So you come along pretty quickly if you look at the drinking. The 20th. In December 2020, I had already watched my second relay in two days.

Johanna has become a sort of Norwegian Bridget Jones for me, and I can’t wait to see how her (love) life will continue in 2021 (probably with some sort of conclusive theme, since the next season is shot in 2020).

Home for Christmas is a modern romantic Christmas fairy tale comedy that is hilarious while dealing with the real life we all know. Plus, it allows you to escape to a beautiful and fabulous winter wonderland in Norway called Rose!

***** 5 stars out of 5

Johanna on a date with True Love Hater. Photo: Netflix

Cheers: Have you ever been to Norway, or more precisely to Røros? Or did it inspire you at Christmas? If so, let me know in the comments below!

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