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Noble (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 8 May 2015 (USA)
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Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story.

Director:

Stephen Bradley

Writer:

Stephen Bradley
10 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deirdre O'Kane ... Christina Noble
Sarah Greene ... Middle Christina
Brendan Coyle ... Gerry Shaw
Liam Cunningham ... Thomas
Ruth Negga ... Joan
Nhu Quynh Nguyen Linh Nhu Quynh Nguyen Linh ... Madame Linh
Mark Huberman ... David Somers
Kinh Quoc Kinh Quoc ... Trung
Le Ngoc Tu'o'ng Le Ngoc Tu'o'ng ... Phan Receptionist
Lu'o Ng My Lu'o Ng My ... My An
Dat Khou Nguyen Tien Dat Khou Nguyen Tien ... Lam
Gloria Cramer Curtis ... Young Christina
Lauren Malone Lauren Malone ... Kathy
Harry Whelehan Harry Whelehan ... Andrew
Charlie Whelehan Charlie Whelehan ... Johnny
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Storyline

Vietnam. 1989. Fourteen years after the end of the war. When Irish woman Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. But the best is yet to come. Christina lands in a country "that she wouldn't be able to show you on a map". With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won courage, she is about to change everything. For hundreds of thousands of people. Forever. NOBLE is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference. And of how she is proved right. Written by S. Bradley

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The incredible true story of a dream that rescued a million lives. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, including some violent and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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Official Blog | Official site

Country:

UK | Vietnam

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christina Noble See more »

Filming Locations:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,197 (United Kingdom), 14 February 2016, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$231,319, 10 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$347,321, 31 May 2015
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Destiny Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Towards the beginning of the film, the slum scenes were filmed at the old tenement blocks on Barrow Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria UK. The shipyard scenes were partly filmed down at the old Cavendish Dock and "The Boat" as it was known as locally was moored at the supermarket car park also in Barrow-in-Furness until fairly recently. The boat used to be used as a nite spot until it was damaged in a fire. See more »

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Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Written by Osvaldo Farrés (uncredited) and English lyrics by Joe Davis (uncredited)
Performed by Doris Day
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26 April 2014 | by Lowbacca1977See all my reviews

While this is all sourced as being based on a true story, I almost find that hard to accept, simply because of the sheer number of hurdles involved, on top of the appropriate naming of the titular character, Christina Noble.

The film straddles two different arcs; on one hand is the early life of Christina, and all the hardships she faced, and it's incredibly bleak. It makes it all the more impressive to me with how bright and energetic a character Christina is by both actresses that play her as a child and a young woman, and it does feel like the same character the entire way. Christina's Irish upbringing also is somewhat familiar cinematically now as the state of Ireland's treatment of children was showcased recently in another true story, Philomena.

While her early life is simply, well, tragic, the other arc is of much more mixed tone, as she travels to Vietnam after her kids have grown up, now played by Deirdre O'Kane, and she does a great job as Christina, from the humour and tenderness to the strength and determination. She takes the role very naturally, and her portrayal of Christina is very warm, and I think part of this may be O'Kane's involvement with Christina Noble's charity beforehand, so I think her performance was strengthened by her personal investment. As she finds a calling helping the homeless children of Vietnam, and tries to figure out how to help, she serves as this great and uplifting protagonist, all the more impressive given that this is, again, actually a true story and really did happen, to at least some extent.

In Vietnam, the story isn't simply carried by O'Kane, but has a great set of supporting roles. Right off the bat, the employee at the hotel front desk that calls himself "Mr. Front Desk" or some such thing has a great role as this begrudgingly helpful curmudgeon, and almost all his lines were great, both in writing, and in performance (and I'm somewhat annoyed that I don't remember a name ever being used for him for me to give the actor proper due). The children in the film are great, and a few of them even have more involved roles, and they actually have all been, or still are, helped by Christina Noble's charity and that makes me all the more impressed by their involvement as well.

It would be very easy of me to criticise the overly dramatic nature of this film and it's lack of believability, but what's so impressive is that I don't think it actually did take that many liberties to make it the story it is, and as raw as the film is, it's genuine. It does make the film much more powerful, and the points it makes about being poor being a constant experience anywhere is a very salient one, and the way Christina steps up the challenges in Vietnam is extremely compelling. There's so many social elements on both small and large scales that this film touches upon, and that's quite impressive.

There's something I find very moving about a film with such a vibrant person as Christina Noble (as depicted, but apparently fairly accurate) that faces so many challenges with that strength.


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