The Christmas Candle by Max LucadoFrom New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado comes a timeless message that will warm your heart.
Imagine a Victorian England village in the Cotswolds where very little out of the ordinary ever happens . . . except at Christmas time.
This year, Edward Haddington, a lowly candle maker, is visited by a mysterious angel. That angel silently imparts a precious gift—a gift that’s bungled and subsequently lost. The candle maker and his wife, Bea, struggle to find the gift.
And when they do, they have to make a difficult choice. Who among their community is most in need of a Christmas miracle?
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The Christmas Candle
The trouble is that the filmmakers have also neglected to include such other elements as wit, style, energy or anything resembling a coherent narrative. The end result is the kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don't even realize that they have. Based on the book by Max Lucado, the film, set in , begins as Reverend David Richmond Hans Matheson , an idealistic man of God who has lost his faith, accepts a new position in Gladbury, a quaint little English town that appears to have been built from the remains of the sets from a road company of "Oliver. It seem that every 25 years during the Christmas season, an angel arrives at the local candle shop, owned by the Haddington family for generations, in order to bless one of their candles so that the eventual recipient will receive a miracle after saying a prayer and lighting the candle. This strikes Rev. Richmond as utter nonsense and he tries to convert the townspeople from a candle-based form of faith to something more pragmatic by encouraging them to be miracles to each other via good deeds and simple acts of kindness.
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She makes a truly extraordinary appearance in this film, not just singing but acting, too, playing a churchwoman with the voice of an angel in a stilted, treacly, and, frankly, bizarre tale of yuletide miracles. Every 20 minutes or so, Boyle is allowed on to say a line, which she does weirdly quietly, as if talking in her sleep. Her facial expression never changes. And all the professional actors around her look stunned, like those Dallas cops when Jack Ruby stepped forward to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald. The setting is the quaint, imaginary village of Gladbury, an olde-worlde place of mob-capped biddies and mutton-chopped ninnies. Every 25 years or so, an angel descends to bless one of the candles sold by the local chandlers — played by Lesley Manville and Sylvester McCoy, doing their absolute best.
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The Christmas Candle. John Stephenson 2 99min. U Certificate. Review Our Score. Before he purchased Pinewood, the staunchly Methodist J Arthur Rank used to sponsor religious dramas, and he doubtless would be delighted by the message contained in this festive family offering from his old studio. However, this will probably be remembered for Susan Boyle's acting bow as the singing wife of church warden James Cosmo, who welcomes a new vicar Hans Matheson to the Cotswold village of Gladbury some time in the late 19th century.