The Christmas Tree

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  • 1996
  • 2 hr 33 min
  • 6.8  (424)

The Christmas Tree is a heartwarming holiday film from 1996, directed by Sally Field. It tells the story of an eight-year-old girl named Connie Lou (played by Sarah Rosen Fruitman) who lives in a small town in Louisiana with her mother (played by Trini Alvarado) and her grandfather (played by Andrew McCarthy). Connie Lou’s mother is struggling to make ends meet after the death of her husband and is finding it hard to keep up with the Christmas spirit that her daughter loves so much.

One day, while walking in the woods with her grandfather, Connie Lou discovers a small tree that she believes is the perfect Christmas tree. But her grandfather tells her that the tree is too small and that it will never grow big enough to be a Christmas tree. Despite this, Connie Lou decides to bring the tree home with her and begins to decorate it.

As the days pass, Connie Lou’s mother becomes more and more despondent, unable to find a way to celebrate Christmas with her daughter. But Connie Lou refuses to let her mother’s sadness affect her and continues to work on decorating her little tree, believing that it will bring some much-needed Christmas joy to their home.

Meanwhile, the town is preparing for their Christmas celebrations, with a parade and a tree lighting ceremony planned. The town’s Christmas tree is chosen by the mayor (played by Julie Harris) and is a large, impressive fir tree that overshadows Connie Lou’s little tree. However, everyone in the town soon takes notice of Connie Lou’s tree and they realize the importance of celebrating Christmas in their own way, no matter how small or insignificant their contribution may seem.

The Christmas Tree is a beautifully filmed movie that captures the essence of the holiday season. The Louisiana setting and the portrayal of a small town community create a cozy and festive atmosphere that draws the viewer into the story. The performances of the cast, particularly Sarah Rosen Fruitman as Connie Lou, are endearing and engaging, bringing a sense of authenticity to the characters.

The movie explores themes of resilience, healing, and the importance of finding joy in the little things. It portrays the grief that comes with loss and the process of healing through the eyes of a child. It also addresses the commercialization of Christmas and demonstrates how the simplest things can bring the greatest joy.

Overall, The Christmas Tree is a touching and delightful movie that reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas – giving, loving, and celebrating the simple joys in life. It is a perfect addition to any holiday movie watchlist and is bound to leave viewers feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

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    2 hr 33 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (424)