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Noelle - family and children's DVD / holiday DVD review
NOELLE Rated PG by the MPAA curledupdvd.com rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Brennan Wall, David Wall, Sean Patrick Brennan, Kerry Wall, Jean Bates, Curt Dewitz
Director: David Wall   Studio: Paramount
DVD release: 11 November 2008   Runtime: 90 min. (1 disc)
Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Dolby
DVD features: Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English), Closed-captioned

Noelle is a holiday tale sure touch the hearts of all who view it. Although appropriate for the entire family, the storyline might be a bit slow for younger viewers to really appreciate.

Father Jonathan Keene (David Wall, who also wrote and directed the movie) arrives in a snowy fishing village right before Christmas. He is looking for his old friend, Father Simeon Joyce (Sean Patrick Brennan), whose church has dwindled down to a handful of attendees. Father Jonathan is ready to shut things down but agrees to give Father Simeon one last chance-by putting on a living Christmas crèche on Christmas Eve.

The elderly congregation quickly gets behind the idea, and they turn out for parts in droves. Unfortunately, Father Jonathan doesn't think an elderly Mary is very appropriate, and he petitions beautiful librarian Marjorie Worthington (Kerry Wall) to play the part. Unfortunately, Marjorie is hiding a volatile secret, and when it comes to light it shakes the belief of everyone involved with the church.

Noelle is a beautifully done movie with a wonderful faith message. The spiritual content is not overwhelming and won't turn off non-Christian viewers. As referred to earlier, the plot is a bit slow-moving at first, and it takes a while to really figure out what is going on and for the action to pick up - but after it does, the entire viewing experience is worthwhile. The acting is fairly wooden and definitely won't win any awards, but it is certainly heartwarming; Noelle's appeal lies in its plot rather than its acting.

If you're looking for a holiday-themed movie that reminds you of the true meaning of Christmas, Noelle is a beautiful choice that leaves you feeling uplifted.
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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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