“A Christmas Wish” was released in 2011. It stars Kristy Swanson, Edward Herrmann, K.C. Clyde, and Tess Harper.
To read my review click here. I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.
This movie focuses on a family in need and the community that rallies around them. The mother, Martha, was abandoned by her husband who also took all their money leaving her homeless and broke with her stepson and two daughters. She leaves hoping to find a new town and a job. She stops at a diner and that’s where the story begins.
What’s special about this movie? I find it truly moving. It’s truly a drama but there’s so much love. All different kinds of love.
Martha is a pillar of strength while simultaneously vulnerable. Swanson does an amazing job portraying her. She is literally at rock bottom, but she won’t give up. Mostly for her kids but also because of her faith. Her faith in God is shaky at times, like when her son is taken by his father, but she holds on.
The way the people of the town surround and support her and her children is so moving. They don’t just give to her. They give her a hand up. They help her and support her without taking over. They let her stand on their shoulders.
I find it hard to explain the feeling this movie conveys. It’s best to see it. The love of this family through the hardest of days is inspiring. They have good times and bad times, but they always have love. Thanks to the community they also have an extended family that they love and that loves them back. As dramatic and often sad as the movie is, it ends with a feeling of hope. Showing the best part of Christmas is love.
If you haven’t seen it I hope you give it a try. If you have, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. Happy Viewing!