A Warm December

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  • PG
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.1  (765)

A Warm December is a drama-romance film directed by Sidney Poitier himself and was released in 1973. The film features Sidney Poitier as Dr. Matt Younger, a widowed physician from London on a business trip to Washington D.C. He finds his way into the hearts of the locals, including Catherine (Esther Anderson), an African princess, and her young daughter, and begins a holiday romance with her. However, there's more to Catherine than meets the eye. She's an accomplished athlete, hoping to represent her nation in the upcoming Olympics. But things become complicated when it's revealed that Catherine has a history of sickle cell anemia in her family, and Matt is determined to help, even if it means risking his own reputation.

The film starts with Matt attending a medical conference in Washington, D.C., where he meets Catherine who’s with her daughter. After their initial meeting, Matt and Catherine continue to run into each other, and Matt is attracted to her. She finds him charming and attentive, and they start spending time together. But neither of them is willing to share their past. Matt is cautious because he is not over his wife’s death, and Catherine is reluctant to tell him that she is sickle cell anemic, fearing the impact it might have on their relationship.

Things take a complicated turn when the Olympic selection committee discovers that Catherine is anemic, and they refuse to select her for the upcoming Games. This revelation leads to a serious discussion between Matt and Catherine, where she reveals her reluctance to start any relationship since she is unsure about how long she will live. The film then follows the struggle and determination of Matt to help Catherine find a way to manage her condition and compete in the Olympic games.

Throughout the movie, the bond between Matt and Catherine grows, and they become closer to each other. Matt tries to create a perfect holiday for Catherine and her daughter and takes them on different adventures. From hot air ballooning to visiting the Washington Monument and meeting Catherine’s family, Matt goes all out to impress Catherine.

But the heart of the movie is the relationship between Catherine and Matt. Their connection is palpable, and as the movie progresses, it becomes clear that they share something special. However, the film is careful not to collapse into sentimentality or sappiness. There are plenty of real challenges that prevent their relationship from moving forward beyond the holiday romance.

A Warm December also provides an incredible depiction of African culture, as some scenes show the beauty of the African landscape and music. The film celebrates blackness by featuring a predominantly black cast and crew. There are moments that draw attention to racial tension and prejudice, but overall, the focus is on the central relationship between Matt and Catherine.

The acting is excellent, with a standout performance from Sidney Poitier, who not only directed but also starred in the film. He delivers his dialogue with such poise and gravitas, and his portrayal of a man still mourning his wife's loss is heart-wrenching. Esther Anderson, too, gives a great performance as Catherine, capturing her vulnerability as well as her resilience.

The film's music, composed by Quincy Jones, is also a standout. The theme song, "A Warm December," captures the mood of the movie, and the other instrumental pieces, such as "Bossa Nova Vegetariana," add to the romantic ambiance.

In conclusion, A Warm December is a charming and poignant romance that tells the story of a love that refuses to be deterred by obstacles. With exceptional performances from Sidney Poitier and Esther Anderson, excellent music, and a celebration of African culture, this film is a must-watch for lovers of the genre.

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    1 hr 39 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (765)