Posts Tagged ‘Christina Noble’

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Noble” tells the true story of Christina Noble who overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. It is a very smart film, a wonderfully artistic movie, and is highly recommended.
When this film and press materials first arrived in my inbox, I must admit I was not excited with the synopsis. It is not the type of movie I would gravitate toward, but how wrong I was. This is an excellent motion picture, and one of the best films I have seen this year.

“Noble” follows three segments of Christina Noble’s life. We first meet young Christina (Gloria Cramer Curtis) during her early childhood in Ireland where she struggles to survive without a mother or father, forced to live in an orphanage, abused and alone. The next Christina (Sarah Greene) we meet is the seventeen-year-old young lady struggling to survive in the early 1960s. She is homeless and attacked, but it is here where she receives a vision of living in Vietnam, a place she would never have considered, seemingly out of nowhere. Regardless, the strange vision has a huge impact on her and it becomes her focus, and Christina (Deirdre O’Kane) eventually journeys to Vietnam, where we find her in the 1980s helping abandoned children living on the streets. The film moves back and forth in time, and this nonlinear editing approach by Mags Arnold works wonderfully. You know it works when, as a viewer, you are not hoping to get back to one of the other stories, but each one is enjoyable in it own right.
The acting in “Noble” is flawless, not a missed beat in the film. The three Christina’s are fantastic, and it is easy to move from one to the other. And director Stephen Bradley should be commended on keeping everything consistent. Good support from the other characters, too, with a stand out performance by Ruth Negga as Christina’s firecracker friend Joan.
The set design of Cristina Casali is also splendid, and particularly fine is the early Ireland time period, which is reminiscence of something out of Dickens – creating a great atmosphere and mood. One of the most impressive features of “Noble” is the sharp cinematography by Trevor Forrest. His use of the jib is very artistic, but all of the shots are topnotch, with wonderful lighting, too. It is a very pretty film visually, but not at all pretentious. Great stylistic approach, and it is consistent throughout the film. Even the use of stock footage from the Vietnam War mixed with new shots during her dream sequence is dynamite. Now mix in smart writing and dialogue and you have a great film. Kudos to director/writer Stephen Bradley.
“Noble” is not a Christian family film. It includes mature subject matter including rape, child abuse, prostitution, and drunkenness. That said, it handles these with taste and discreetness, but this is a film more for the high-school student and not the middle-school one. There are several moments of spirituality and faith, most notably when Christina talks to God, complete with her doubts and anger – very realistically and not “in your face” at all. I like that “Noble” is not afraid to consider spirituality and faith.
“Noble” is a top-notch film – quality all around – and one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Check it out – it will surprise you and leave you wanting more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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