"If We Walk, God Will Lead"
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The cast in NOBLE is phenomenal, but the editing is choppy at times, and the time jumps take some mental agility to follow. Christina’s passion for saving children from the streets is inspiring, especially because it’s rooted in God. Time and time again, Christina goes to God, pleading with Him that her afflictions aren’t in vain. God answers her prayers. NOBLE covers some very heavy subject matters. Alcoholism, homelessness and child trafficking are all a vital part of the story. The filmmakers handle these very tastefully usually, but strong caution is still advised.
(CCC, BBB, CapCap, Ab, FR, L, V, SS, N, AA, D, M) Very strong Christian, moral worldview with many instances of prayer, faith and following God’s calling to help the helpless, with a strong capitalist ending as major oil company gives money to save a charity, but main character at one point loses her way, but finds her way back to God, man burns incense and makes a Buddhist prayer, some nuns portrayed are seen as abusive and controlling, and clergyman tells little girl that “God can’t cure everyone”; five obscenities and four profanities (two uses of “Jesus”), child uses the “V” sign with her hands which is considered an obscene sign of defiance; alcoholic father destroys a house, men grab young woman and carry her into a building, implied rape, implied domestic abuse, child is slapped, video of war bombings in Vietnam, woman coughs up blood; brief partially depicted adulterous intercourse, references to prostitution (many prostitutes are shown to be young), Vietnamese prostitutes line the street, man takes a child up to his room but is stopped, and a scene of implied fornication with kissing; upper male nudity, children taking baths; plenty of light drinking with some drunkenness, but drunkenness not seen positively; smoking but no drug use; and, child slavery, corruption and greed but rebuked.
NOBLE is a touching, true story about an Irish woman, Christina Noble, who rescued orphans in Vietnam in the 1980s. It has a strong Christian worldview yet deals with some rough subject matter.
The story jumps back in forth in time, beginning with Christina’s rough childhood in Dublin. A young girl with a beautiful singing voice, Christina was told by everyone that she’d be a star. However, after her mother died and her alcoholic father failed to provide, Christina was forced to scrounge for food just to keep herself and her siblings fed. Eventually, the police intervened and separated the children, putting Christina in a convent.
Every time Christina is faced with difficulty, she goes to God in prayer. However, things get increasingly worse for Christina after she leaves the convent homeless. For example, she is raped and has a child that is given up for adoption without her permission. Through all this, she begins to lose her faith.
Christina moves to the United Kingdom with a friend. It’s there that she meets Mario, a nice young man. They begin a relationship that eventually leads to marriage and three children. Not long into the marriage however, Mario becomes abusive and puts the children at risk. Christina, not knowing what to do, goes back to prayer like she did as a child. God gives Christina a vision of Vietnam and puts it on her heart to go there one day. She promises to fulfill this calling, but first, she has to get her children away from their dangerous father.
Years later, after her children have grown up, Christina makes her way to Vietnam and sees horrendous conditions, especially for children. Lots of obstacles stand in her way before she can do anything with the children. Christina has to get a work visa from the Vietnamese government, she has to find a place to work with the orphans, and she has to raise enough money to get the supplies necessary. As always, she presents her problems to God in prayer and waits on Him.
NOBLE doesn’t have a slam dunk start. The period sets are fantastic, and the cast is phenomenal, but the editing is choppy at times, and it takes some time to get used to the time jumps. Once both timelines develop, however, the story is engrossing. The Vietnamese actors struggle with their English lines, but actress Deirdre O’Kane is wonderful as the compassionately conflicted Christina.
Christina’s passion for saving children from the streets is inspiring, especially in the sense that it’s rooted in God. Time and time again, Christina goes to God, pleading to Him that her afflictions aren’t for nothing. God answers her prayers and His providence throughout her life is evident.
NOBLE covers some very heavy subject matters. Alcoholism, homelessness, rape, and child sex trafficking are all a vital part of the story, but the filmmakers usually handle these issues very tastefully, except for a brief scene where Christina’s husband cheats on her. So, strong and extreme caution is advised.