Noel (2004)

Miracles are closer than you think

Blu-ray, 1h 36min
Rating: 6.2
Votes: 8769
Languages: English
Country: USA, Canada
Director: Chazz Palminteri
Writer: David Hubbard
Music: Alan Menken

Plot outline

Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

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Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle. - Anonymous

Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by a stranger, bartender Artie Venzuela. The poor Jules arranges to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night. - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

New York cop Mike Riley and his suspicious partner Dennis are amused to see old waiter Artie Venzuela spoil him. But Artie isn't gay, he 'stalks' Mike as presumed reincarnation of his late wife, desperate for closure, while unable to connect with his own adult son. Mike's Latino fiancée Nina Vasquez dumps him for suffocating jealousy, mainly over-protective (professionally deformed) misunderstandings, but neither can miss the other. Quiet block neighbor Jules Calvert can't handle the holidays and craves the only humanly warm Christmas he ever spent, in hospital, enough to have his arm broken just hoping for a reenactment. Terminal priest Charlie Boyd interacts as patient and helpful spirit with social cripple Rose Collins, who can't cope with life, let alone care for her apathetic Alzheimer-patient ma. - KGF Vissers

With Christmas Eve just around the corner in bustling New York, five lonely and sad strangers find their lives inadvertently intersect, against the backdrop of Manhattan's snow-capped streets. Rose, the powerful but frail career woman, sadly realises that her loveless life pivots around her job and her ailing elderly mother--while the alluring secretary and wife-to-be, Nina--is on the brink of calling off her imminent wedding, utterly exhausted from the insecurities and the jealousy fits of her cop fiancé, Mike. Then, Artie, the lonesome widower, develops a strange fixation on an improbable partner, as young Jules is left with a single but precious childhood memory of Christmas. All of them need love. Will they find it this Noel? - Nick Riganas