Muse Entertainment Enterprises, Parallel Film Productions
Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Steadman, Kristopher Turner, Leon Ockenden, Marion O’Dwyer, Ian McElhinney
An Old-Fashioned Christmas is a sequel to “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving” Click for Review based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott. Jacqueline Bisset reprises the role of Isabella Caldwell, stately and hard grandmother to Tilly Basset. At the end of An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, Tilly was going to leave her fiance and go off with her Grandmother on a two year journey to see the world. It is Christmas and Isabella and Tilly are visiting Ireland. They’ve been invited to stay with a matronly lady who’s goal is to get Tilly married off to her son. Tilly’s secret ambition is to meet her father’s family who are poor farmers in the same county. But when Tilly’s fiance shows up to spend Christmas together, and sparks are already flying between Tilly and the lady’s son, everything turns out wrong, and Tilly has to call on her family to rescue them.
This is a very nice sequel to Louisa May Alcott’s story in the first movie. It fits right in where the other left off and continues the story. It’s a period piece, set in the 1800′s and is right out of a typical romance novel of the “Austen” type, but for what it is, it’s a pretty decent story. There’s a lot going on, and some beautiful Irish scenery. The conflict between Tilly and her Grandmother is well done. Neither is right, and both are learning a lot. This is a really good holiday story if you’re into gothic romance type films. I recommend it. It’s a Hallmark film being shown this year on the Hallmark Channel.
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