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. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Two of the stars of the film died within a 9 year period. Paul Walker died instantly in a car crash in November 2013, while uncredited costar Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide in August of 2014. See more »
In the hospital, the nurse behind the counter is seen with glasses. In one scene she removes the glasses. However when the shot changes, her glasses are back on and she removes them again. See more »
BEWARE OF BOGUS REVIEWS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY REVIEWED THIS FILM. THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION. I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 200 Christmas MOVIES. I HAVE NO AGENDA.
This film has several inter-winding stories. Some are more interesting than others. What it shows is that we are all connected in some form. We are different but we are also the same.
This film centers on five strangers who are linked together and who meet each other at separate times by a series of events that take place on Christmas Eve in New York.
The main character is Rose (Susan Sarandon), a woman who is struggling to cope with caring for her mother, an Alzheimer's patient. Meanwhile, Nina (Penélope Cruz) and Mike (Paul Walker) are a young couple on the verge of breaking up due to Mike's increasingly jealous behavior. Elsewhere, Artie (Alan Arkin) is an old waiter who searches for his deceased wife every Christmas Eve. Finally, Jules (Marcus Thomas) is a young man who deliberately damages his hand so he can attend a Christmas party in the emergency room, as that was the only happy memory of his childhood. In addition to the five main characters, the mysterious Charlie (Robin Williams) is introduced as the person who may be able to help Rose finally realize that she must look after herself more, rather than worrying about everyone else.
Some of these stories work and some don't. I think the age you are at the time of the initial viewing is important on what story you will like the best.
At times this film is a great masterpiece. At other times you get very angry but I think that was the intention. This film however works wonders by making THE VIEWER ask themselves "Where Am I Now" and "Love is important do I love enough"
Well worth watching. I will watch this again
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