On November 11th, Paramount Home Entertainment released the Dove Family-Approved film "Noelle" on DVD. Director David Wall also wrote and stars in the film.
Synopsis from the studio: "Father Jonathan Keene, an aloof priest, must shut down a dying parish in a small fishing town. After his arrival his plans take a turn. He becomes involved with the lives of the village’s congregation and learns the true power of love and forgiveness. A holiday heart-warming story."
I'm a cradle Catholic. However, much to the dismay of more devout Catholics in my family, I don't adhere to all the tenants of the Catholic religion. That said, I still have great love and affection for my Church. And I enjoy seeing how others interpret the Church and the many characters that populate it.
Set in the cold wintertime in Cape Cod, Noelle is a story with priests who are *gasp* human - with all the human fallacies, doubts and fears of their congregants. The talented David Wall (a dead ringer for Robert Redford, he is Noelle's writer, director, producer, and actor - his real life wife and child play pivotal roles as well) manages to weave in messages of love, the power of forgiveness for oneself and others, the meaning of faith, and he addresses the insidious doubt that resides even in the hearts of our spiritual leaders. This is more than a simple story on the shutting down of a parish. It is about the opening of hearts and minds and the great joy that life can bring when we allow ourselves to know our own worth. What better message for the holiday season.
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