LOST CHRISTMAS film

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Date(s) - Sat, Dec 18, 2021
7:00 pm-10:00 pm

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St. James Methodist Church

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This heartwarming urban fairytale of love, loss and second chances, is “a charming, feel-good family drama,” writes Jane Rackham in Radio Times.

“Has all the hallmarks of being an enduring, evergreen seasonal classic,” writes Mark Cunliffe in Letterboxd.

“Not to be missed!” says Robert Arnold in Step2Inspire.

The tale — with shades of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Oliver Twist” — takes us into the life of 10-year-old “Goose” (Larry Mills), who causes a series of heartrending losses due to his seemingly innocent action.

Goose lives with his parents in Manchester, England. On Christmas Eve, he hides his father’s car keys after his father, a fireman, gets called to an emergency rescue. Goose doesn’t want his dad to leave.

But Goose’s mother finds her keys and drives his dad instead.

A few minutes later, both parents are killed in a car crash.

The guilt-ridden, orphaned Goose — once bright and cheery — becomes a troubled kid supporting his enfeebled grandmother (Sorcha Cusack) through petty street crime.

Goose’s dog, Mutt — who his parents had given to him just before they drove off — is the only thing keeping the boy grounded.

Mutt gets lost the following Christmas Eve day. In Goose’s desperate search for him, he meets a mysterious, amnesia-suffering stranger named Anthony (Eddie Izzard), who knows nothing about himself other than his name, which is pinned to his coat.

Oddly, though, Anthony seems to know Goose. He also realizes that Goose and everyone else he meets have lost something. Even more oddly, Anthony has a baffling ability to help those people find what they lost.

An ensuing mystery follows, with Anthony drawing in Frank (Jason Flemyng), a former friend of Goose’s father who is now lost in life after being estranged from his family; an elderly woman who recently lost a precious bangle; an elderly doctor who lost his wife decades earlier; and a mother who lost her daughter in an accident a year earlier.

But at the center of the mystery is Anthony himself: Who is he? How does he know nothing about himself and so much about other people? And is Anthony’s ability to find lost things real or just an illusion?

The 2011 film earned an International Emmy Award as the best made-for-TV film for children produced and premiered outside the United States.

The film’s trailer can be found on YouTube at tinyurl.com/LostChristmas-MoviesWSpirit.

The movie runs 90 minutes and is rated PG.

The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 a person.

Movies With Spirit screenings comply with all federal, state and local health and safety protocols, including those of the screening venues.

Attendees of this screening are asked to wear face masks.

“Break out the tissues; this is a tearjerker,” reviewer Kimberly Vetranowrites in She Scribes. “Not throughout the film, but it does have its moments where you might find yourself misty eyed.”

The monthly Movies With Spirit series, organized by Gerry Harrington of Kingston, seeks to stimulate people’s sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, evoke a deepened understanding of people’s integral connection with others and with life itself, and support individual cultures, faith paths and beliefs while simultaneously transcending them.

The films are screened in diverse places of worship and reverence across Ulster and Dutchess counties at 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month. The series has no religious affiliation.

For more information about “Lost Christmas” and the rest of the series, contact Harrington at 845-389-9201 or at gerryharrington@mindspring.com. Details are also available at facebook.com/MoviesWithSpirit.

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