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The Christmas Candle
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The Christmas Candleis a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every twenty-five years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights the Christmas Candle will receive a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister from London arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles; good deeds and acts of kindness. Now with a skeptic in the pulpit, the fiery candlemaker Edward Haddington (Sylvester McCoy) must fight to preserve his family's legacy. When the Christmas Candle goes missing the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
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This movie is unlike almost all other Christmas movies. Can you name a Christmas movie, other than a nativity story, that is actually about Christmas? Candle is actually about the miracle of Christmas, not Santa or the commercial sentimental Christmas. Like Christmas, Candle is about Christ with us and what that miracle means to each of us in our lives. Enjoy finally be able to experience a real Christmas movie that will entertain and inspire.
Being the devoted, faithful Catholic that I am, I take Christmas very seriously about the true meaning of the holiday season that has been unfortunately commercialized by society. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy a good gift for Christmas, or a good egg nog latte, or Christmas carol all through out December, but The birth of Jesus Christ means the world to me. This movie right here is the perfect representation of how Christmas is really supposed to be spent and celebrated. Sure you have your big holiday films such as Home Alone, White Christmas, Elf, Santa Claus, etc. really big critically acclaimed films that do make the holidays a lot of fun to enjoy. But it's not like this, which is probably why it didn't get enough recognition.
In this film, a retired pastor (Hans Matheson) is brought back into service when he gets a request to become the local preacher of an English town called Gladbury. There he discovers the townsfolk have a powerful belief in a tradition they call the Christmas Candle, a candle selected every year around Christmas by an angel to provide a miracle for someone special. While at first the pastor is very skeptical about the chances of this being true, he later discovers that miracles don't come from just a simple little candle, but in each and every one of us with the best intentions for others, that is where the miracles are found. There is a huge focus on God as the towns people rely on Him constantly to help them in their needs as well as the pastor who little by little finds himself questioning his own stance on faith.
The film has a beautiful message about real love, care, compassion, giving to others, having a strong faith, and above all, especially for all Christians, the miracle that was the birth of Baby Jesus. You don't find this a lot in lots of other Christmas films and if you do, they're found in very little metaphorical manners. The setting is beautiful of old England style creating a grander emphasis on the beauty aspect of life and the gift that God gives us to be able to enjoy lushy, green, beautiful paradises if one thinks of it that way. The film shines through it's impressive cast which include a few familiar faces such as Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sylvester McCoy (The Hobbit Trilogy), Lesley Manville (Maleficent), and the singer Susan Boyle, who shines through her miraculous song "Miracle Hymn".
While I don't have much else to say about this extraordinary film, I will say that this is a must have for every believer and even non-believer if they look deep inside themselves and follow their hearts, they might just hear a calling to it. The Christmas Candle is a masterpiece on every level from acting to camera work and a true reminder for us all what we really should be celebrating about during the Christmas season.
God bless you all my fellow Amazon shoppers.
Top international reviews
I wasn't pulled in, I wasn't enchanted which is a shame since it's a Christmas film
I've bought the book. Half the time the books are so much better than the remake of films!