A CHRISTMAS SNOW
Rising Above Bitterness
Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart, Muse
Watson, Anthony Tyler Quinn,
and Cameron ten Napel
Audience: All ages
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: Destiny Image Films
Director: Tracy J. Trost
Executive Producer: Tracy J. Trost and Jim Stovall
Producer: Chad Gundersen
Writer: Tracy J. Trost and Candace Lee
Address Comments To:Joel Nori, Publisher
Destiny Image Films
Destiny Image, Inc.
PO Box 310
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: (717) 532-3040
Kathleen Mitchell is a 10-year-old girl putting up Christmas decorations when her father walks out on her life. Cut to Kathleen as a middle-aged woman who runs a restaurant and insists on keeping it open for Christmas. The food critic has just called her the Christmas Grinch. Her boyfriend has to go away on business just before Christmas and leaves his 10-year-old daughter, Lucy, with her.
Lucy hates Kathleen because her mother has just died and she doesn’t want Kathleen to replace her mother. She is desperately afraid her father is going to forget about her when he marries Kathleen. Kathleen and Lucy are so similar that they do not get along at all.
Late at night, Kathleen has to go out to buy some sewing stuff to help Lucy with her costume for the Christmas Nativity play. Since the snow is picking up, she cannot see when she bumps her car into a man walking across the street. When she comes out of the mini market, two teenage thugs try to rob her. The old man intercedes to protect her, but gets hit on the head with a skateboard.
Feeling sorry for the old man, Kathleen takes him home. The snowstorm shuts down the town and the airports. The snowstorm traps Kathleen, Lucy and the old man, Sam, in Kathleen’s home.
Slowly, Kathleen opens up to Lucy with Sam’s help. Sam tells her he made many wrong decisions in his life, but a young man explained the Gospel story to him. Kathleen and Lucy start opening up to each other and to the story of Jesus. The ending is a complete surprise.
A CHRISTMAS SNOW is one of the better-directed and acted Christian movies. The Gospel is presented in a very winsome, compelling way.
The movie’s ending comes as a surprise, although there are some clues that one character is more than he appears to be. There is the nagging and troubling theological question, however, that he may be a ghost, or at least an IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE type angel.
The weak part of the movie dramatically is the lack of jeopardy. For long stretches of the story, there seems to be no jeopardy at all. Thus, the movie is more of a TV movie than a theatrical movie. Even so, MOVIEGUIDE® commends the filmmakers for A CHRISTMAS SNOW.
A CHRISTMAS SNOW is a well-directed, well-acted, evangelistic movie. The Gospel is presented in a very winsome, compelling way. The movie’s ending comes as almost a complete surprise but raises some theological questions. The weakest part is the lack of jeopardy for long stretches of the story.