Assured, glossy and shot through with brittle desperation, pioneering indie filmmaker Abel Ferrara's corrosive Christmas fable is set in the early 1990s, the period that produced his bitterly brilliant KING OF NEW YORK (1990) and BAD LIEUTENANT (1992). As the holidays approach, an unnamed husband and wife (Lillo Brancato, The Sopranos
's Drea de Matteo) glide through a series of moneyed holiday rituals: watching their 11-year-old, Lisa (Lisa Valens), in a lavish school production of A Christmas Carol
, taking a carriage ride down Fifth Avenue, visiting Santa and trying to find the life-size "Party Girl" doll Lisa so desperately wants. They go home and dre...