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The Wes Anderson Christmas ad everyone's talking about

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The Wes Anderson Christmas ad everyone's talking about
Screenshot from the video. Photo: H&M
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Commercial designed to cynically tug at your heartstrings, or genuine message of Christmas love? Either way, this may be the most unusual holiday ad this year.

Retail giant H&M's advert is unusually sociable for a company with its roots in Sweden, showing a group of strangers who end up celebrating Christmas together after getting stuck on a train in a snow storm.

Directed by Wes Anderson, the short film stars Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody as the train conductor in charge of organizing the festive party. By Tuesday it had chalked up more than two million YouTube views.

"This story may resonate more than ever at a time in the world where we could all do with giving a stranger a hug," said Brody himself in a press statement.

Despite the obvious commercial motive behind it, the heartwarming message has already gained a following.

"Wes Anderson should direct Christmas every year," wrote US comedian Akilah Hughes on Twitter.

"A Wes Anderson Christmas ad is a Christmas ad you'll actually want to watch," tweeted another fan.

"Too many things to be cynical about and damn it, a Wes Anderson Christmas ad just won't be one of them," wrote a third.

Watch the video here and make up your own minds:

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