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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2011
If it's a frothy "feel-good" seasonal film that you require, this is for you. It has yuletide spirit in abundance, a lovely Christmas soundtrack, snow, a cosy pub, shots of delicious festive food etc.
Without the stellar cast, this film would be weak because it's predictable, but outstanding acting performances given the rather ordinary storyline the oomph that it needs.
I also enjoyed the fact that the elderly characters were not stereotyped, Hollywood-style - there are no wise old owls or cutesy, twinkly grannies here; just ordinary folk who happen to be old.
It's slow to get going, so bear with it. There is an interesting, poignant subplot featuring the Nightingale sisters that merits perseverence. And in general, the second half is better than the first.