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Love Always, Santa (2016)

A widow's daughter writes to Santa Claus, asking for her mother to find love again. When a struggling writer receives the letter, he finds new inspiration and the beginnings of a romance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marguerite Moreau ... Celia
Mike Faiola ... Jake
Brady Smith ... Randy
Isadora Swann ... Lilly
Jay Black ... Hank
Sara Marsh ... Helen
David Tufford David Tufford ... Greg
Beverly Golberg Beverly Golberg ... Esther (as Beverly Goldberg)
Jane Hammill Jane Hammill ... June
Michael Tezla Michael Tezla ... Ben
Aidan Strand Aidan Strand ... Mike Sullivan
Patrick Thomas O'Brien ... Ferris Wheel Operator (as Patrick O'Brien)
Nancy Baker Nancy Baker ... Woman in Kitten Sweater
Steve Hofstetter ... Jerry
Christopher Redman ... Bradley
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Storyline

A widow's daughter writes to Santa Claus, asking for her mother to find love again. When a struggling writer receives the letter, he finds new inspiration and the beginnings of a romance.

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caro Babbo Natale... See more »

Filming Locations:

Northfield, Minnesota, USA

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Trivia

All downtown shop names in Northfield were left unchanged except for the James Gang Hideaway, which was changed to "The Bun Also Rises". See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie Lilly and Jake are talking in the street when it starts to snow, in the close up of Lilly you can see pieces of Styrofoam about an inch long on her coat. See more »

Quotes

Jake: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
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Soundtracks

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley (uncredited) and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Niki Hexum
Arranged by Niki Hexum, and Zack Hexum
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A story of loss and hope for new beginnings
18 February 2017 | by peterkoch-98114See all my reviews

The story revolves around a girl of 8 who has lost her father, so writes to Santa about her concerns and the wish for her mother to smile again. Having handed the letter to the postman it finds its way to Santa Inc., run by two charming but eccentric older ladies. It just so happens that a young, successful writer is assisting Santa Inc. responding to children's wishes in an effort to rekindle his enthusiasm for writing after a bitter divorce. Being flooded with material wishes, he is touched by the letter expressing matters of the heart, so responds equally in a way to give hope. From here it opens the possibility to deal with loss and relationships in a lighthearted but sensitive way that engages the viewer in a clever little story.

You have to listen very carefully to what is being said. The writer has captured important emotions and spun them into interesting messages. Even those characters who may seem boorish, surprise you with simple home spun wisdom's. Having watched the film more than once, you can't help developing a warmth for all the characters, from young to old. The story is simple and straightforward, therefore method acting is not called for and all those appearing seem to be in the right place.

I think that when the 'end of shooting' party occurred they hadn't quite finished. After the effort of constructing a thoughtful story they rolled out of the party and scripted a slightly bizarre conclusion. The actors took it in good spirit, so it doesn't detract too much from your enjoyment.

Conclusion: 8.0 Xmas points, for a warm and enjoyable film with a small deduction for the lost opportunity at the end.


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