The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle

Family Christmas tale starring Hans Matheson (Sherlock Holmes), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and singer Susan Boyle, making her feature acting debut. In the English countryside village Gladbury, legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle is said to receive a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.

When David (Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Barks).

2013Rating: G100 minsUSA, UK
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The Christmas Candle / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Has a diligent homeyness and it takes delight in around-the-town bits of business and words like “chasuble” and “codswallop” ... But despite the story’s Christian resonance and Richmond’s Advent sermons, a few swapped words could yield a passable Santa Claus tale.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This languid period piece is unlikely to join the ranks of cinematic holiday classics.

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