Noël: Love, Actually meets A Christmas Carol

If you’re feeling festive but have already re-watched all your favourite classics this holiday season, you should give Noël a watch. In a style similar to that of beloved Christmas classic Love, Actually, this understated drama focuses on the serendipitous encounters of five Manhattanites on Christmas Eve…

What’s it about? The lives of five New Yorkers hoping for a miracle intersect on Christmas Eve.

What’s it really about? All you need is love.

Pick if:

  • You’re looking for a Christmas film to watch with your family or on your own
  • You like holiday films where different chapters and storylines of different people intersect, such as Love, Actually, New Year’s Eve, or Valentine’s Day
  • The magical realism of A Christmas Carol resonated with you: Noël, too, uses fantastic story elements
  • You have a week spot for redemption stories: every character in Noël feels regret and longs to be absolved
  • You’re touched by stories about the kindness of strangers: you’re going to wish that more people would open their hearts to others and lend a helping hand to someone in need

Most memorable scene: In order to make it harder for him to leave for work, Nina (Cruz) teases her boyfriend (Walker) with her mad salsa dancing skills.

Most memorable quote:

Rose: I like to think my life matters.
Charlie: Oh, your life matters, you’ve touched other people’s lives in ways you don’t even realize.
Rose: How do you know that?
Charlie: Cause you’ve touched my life.

Where can I watch? Noël is available for streaming on Maxdome, Flimmit and Netflix US and Canada.

Noël (2004): Directed by Chazz Palminteri (actor The Usual Suspects); running-time 1h 36mins.; Susan Sarandon (Stepmom), Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society), Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Alan Arkin (Argo).


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