Noëlle (film)

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Religious holiday fare from December 2007,  Noelle presents an American Catholic priest with a guilty secret.  He needs, and receives, the same spiritual consolation the parish padre in Bernanos’ novel Diary of a Country Priest receives.  A small-town Catholicism now dying, now given new life, makes for some palatable material, but almost nothing in David Wall’s script is easy to swallow.  I like his acting (he plays the priest) and directing, but not the bogus writing.