Genre : Drama
Country : UK/Vietnam
Deirdre O’Kane : Christina Noble
Sarah Greene : Christina Noble (Middle)
Gloria Cramer Curtis : Christina Noble (Young)
“And what’s your name?
My name is
Mr. Reception Desk.
That’s a nice name. “
“Noble” is nothing more than a biographical film about the (for me anyway unknown) Irish Christina Noble (Deirdre O’Kane). After a troubled and difficult life she has set a noble (Yep) target. Namely to offer the street children of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam a better future. Mostly you see Christina in Vietnam moving heaven and earth to achieve her goal. A not so obvious task in which she has to convince the authorities and at the same time she tries to jolt foreign businessmen’s consciences, so they are generous enough with their financial support. And so she tries to set up a shelter for those children in postwar Vietnam.
There’s one thing you have to admit. This exceptional lady has sufficient reserves in terms of perseverance. Despite all the setbacks in her youth and the opposition she faces in Vietnam, she never gives up. And this thanks to her positive attitude. Throughout the film you’re looking back at the turbulent life of Christina. It all starts in the slums of Dublin in the 40s. As a little girl (Gloria Cramer Curtis) she dreams of becoming such a famous singer like Doris Day. When her mother dies of tuberculosis and her father is unable to support his family (due to an alcohol problem), she ends up in a nunnery. In later life she’s (Sarah Greene) a victim of a gang rape which in turn results in an unwanted pregnancy and her newborn son to be adopted. After moving to Birmingham with her best friend Joan (Ruth Negga), she is confronted with a cheating spouse and domestic violence. So you can safely say that Christina’s life wasn’t exactly rosy.
Perhaps that’s why Christina demonstrates these unconstrained efforts when she arrives (thanks to a vision) in Vietnam. She is shocked by the appalling conditions in which children have to survive there. Perhaps the traumas of her own life are an extra motivation and she wants to give these poor children what she had missed all her life. A bit of security, affection, love and a hope for a better future. For her, poverty in Vietnam is equal to that what she experienced in Ireland.
Although the film lends itself to become a melodramatic tearjerker, they knew to avoid this anyway. Obviously Christina Noble isn’t the only benefactress in this ruthless world. But her commitment and determination ensured that “The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation” has already helped hundreds of thousands of children. Most likely this film will be broadcasted as an ordinary television drama. But the performances of the different Christina’s are of an exceptionally high level. And despite the realistic and deadly serious storyline, they managed to incorporate a sliver of humor by means of a hilarious hotel receptionist. And in all honesty. This time it wasn’t really bothering me that they used such a predictably happy ending once again.