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Noelle

3.9 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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What would you do if you were given a chance for a new beginning? In this charming Dove Family-Approved holiday film, cold an impatient Father Jonathan Keene arrives in a tiny fishing village the week before Christmas to do what he does best: shut down a

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This haunting film may have had a small budget, but it has a huge heart. Noelle wears its faith on its sleeve, yet it's a faith of forgiveness and hope, not didactic rigidity. The viewer will find its gentle message lingering long after the film is over, and those of every faith will find a human (and maybe even divine) thread to connect with. The plot is simple: A struggling New England Catholic parish is on its last legs when a diocese priest arrives to take stock and prepare the pastor and his scraggly flock for the church's closing. It's Christmastime, and the pastor, Father Simeon, played with humanity by Sean Patrick Brennan, is not running a tight Yuletide ship--and may be hitting the bottle a bit much. The visiting auditor, Father Jonathan, throws up his hands at the disorganization and cut corners of the parish. Yet with his interaction with the parishioners, Father Jonathan -- played by the terrific David Wall (who also wrote and directed), a dead ringer for the young Robert Redford--is forced to confront his own feelings and judgmentalism, revisiting a mistake he made as a young man when its ghost, like Dickens', begins to revisit him. The film is never heavy-handed, and unfolds with grace and openness. Father Jonathan slowly realizes that doing things by the book doesn't always mean he's doing things by the Book--especially where forgiveness is concerned. The ending is unexpected and memorable, as is the feeling of light the viewer has watching this gem of a film. --A.T. Hurley

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  • Actors: David Wall, Brennan Wall, Sean Patrick Brennan, Kerry Wall, Jean Bates
  • Directors: David Wall
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHXT8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Grab some comedy. Some drama. Eerie winter landscapes. And Christmas lights. Roll up into one giant snow ball And throw at best friend.

That's what it felt like to me, watching this film unfold before me in the theater.

For a pic set in a religious world I found it refreshing that it was unafraid to poke fun of the foibles of its own, while at the same time upholding its faith and values.

It's the best of the bunch so far to come out of the recent stream of "faith-based" films, as it seems like the director actually knew what he was doing with the camera and a myriad other things in his story-telling choices.

Acting is great. No, really. You can tell they're doing more than spitting out memorized lines from the script. They are actually inhabiting the characters they are playing! (Yes, these guys actually took the time to find real actors who have worked on their craft.)

Music is hauntingly beautiful.

Cinematography... let's say the director didn't hire no idiot. It's great. It delivers.
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My adult son and I were looking for something to do one rainy Sunday afternoon last year in December. We had never heard of this movie but decided to give it a chance. Am I ever glad we did. We both enjoyed it. I wanted to see it again but unfortunately we attended the last showing in our area. I have been monitoring the internet to find out when it was coming out. I can hardly wait to see it again and have recommended it to several people. It is not "glossy" but very sweet and moving. No special effects, just a nice character driven movie about very "human" human beings. Really enoyed it.
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For anyone who has been to the Cape, particularly in the off-season, this quaint movie will bring you back. There is a lot of scenery from mid and lower cape areas. The acting is well done and the storyline wraps up the loose ends in the end. Catch Sean Brennan and Dave Hickey playing throughout the Cape during the summer season at O'Shea's Olde Inn on Rt 28 in West Dennis (the Olde Inn in the movie).
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This "small" movie packs a very powerful, beautiful punch that will leave you thinking and talking about it for quite some time. The scenery alone is worth it...but the story is one emotional, sincere surprise after another. Definitely worth your time.
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My wife and I have watched this little, unknown but remarkable film three times this Christmas season. Each time it gets better. There is some remarkably deft writing in the script (listen carefully to the banter between the pub owner, Dermott, and Father Jonathan Keene). Some plot points are not immediately evident on first viewing (why did Father Keene, when preparing communion, suddenly realize he needed to go to Marjorie?) and the humor and appreciation of the excellent musical score grow with each viewing. An adult with a Christian background can appreciate this film on so many levels but even those whose faith may not be so evident should be able to embrace the lessons of love and forgiveness that permeate this film.

For this film to be written, directed, and acted out by the (seemingly) entire Wall family is even more remarkable. Surely it was shot on a very tight budget but one would hardly know that considering the cinematography and the musical scoring. My one complaint is the acting of some of the lessor roles which seemed pretty stiff (or was that just being Cape Coders?) and, while I loved Sean Patrick Brennan's Father Joyce, his monotone delivery of many of his lines was distracting. Hence the deduction of one star as it was almost, but not completely, perfect. (Yes, I am a harsh judge.)

We have viewed this film with adults and even teens and all are at rapt attention during the showing. We were concerned that it might be too "talky" for teens but instead it stimulated a robust discussion of many issues presented. (A fun activity is for each person viewing the film for the first time to indicate when they have finally "figured out" who the mesmerizing little girl on the DVD cover represents.
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The story is very touching and the characters could have used a longer develoement they were still enjoyable. This is so familiar since it was filmed on Cape Cod MA and the Jacob Sears Library is where I volunteered for a short time. Went to The Olde Inn at West Dennis with friends and family.
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I stumbled across this film quite by accident, and was so pleased with this quiet, calm story. In the midst of loud, tasteless, and fast-paced Christmas movies that we are assaulted with every holiday season, this film stands out as a breath of fresh air. It's a story of redemption, the search for an authentic life, and making difficult choices. There is also the budding of a very special romance as well. The music is haunting and beautiful. The transitional scenes where there is no dialogue are so charming and carry much meaning.

There is just a tad bit of stiff acting by a couple of secondary characters, but don't let that sway you if you get the chance to see this film. It's part of my holiday collection and I watch it along with my other favorites every Christmas season. There is also a nice local, small-town feel to it (filmed on Cape Cod, MA).
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