Cinema: Rushes: Nov. 5, 1984

COMFORT AND JOY

According to the radio, eight Christmas truces are threatening to unravel, and in the Moscow zoo the panda is either pregnant or dying. At home in Glasgow, having finished her Christmas shoplifting, Disc Jockey Alan Bird's girlfriend of four years walks out on him in the middle of decorating the tree. His dentist hurts, a psychiatrist is uncomprehending, and both sides in the territorial war between Mr. Bunny and McCool's, mobile purveyors of ice cream, keep damaging his car to register displeasure at his peacemaking efforts. In short, it is a fairly typical, that is to say awful,...

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