One Special Night (1999) has become one of my favourite Christmas movies. It’s just the right touch for a quiet evening, maybe with a fire going in the hearth, and a cup of hot cocoa or tea, or whatever. I’ve always enjoyed movies starring James Garner, and especially liked him in The Rockford Files and The Notebook. Julie Andrews — well, what can I say. Loved her in The Sound of Music (even though I can’t watch the opening with the camera zooming in from dizzying heights), and love her in this movie as well.
This is a tender story of a lady doctor who is still mourning the loss of her husband despite attempts by friends to get her out and about again, and a man whose wife has Alzheimer’s Disease and doesn’t recognize him, their daughters, or her grandson (Daniel Magder). It’s Thanksgiving (U.S. Thanksgiving), and there’s a snowstorm. Their paths cross and, of course, they don’t hit it off at all. She offers him a lift. He’s arrogant, and she’s rather superior, but they end up off the road and have to spend the night in a cabin to wait for the road crews to dig them out. After a while, they come to a tentative liking for each other and agree to meet for breakfast the next Sunday morning.
Well, of course, things go wrong. There’s a misunderstanding, some pointed remarks that aren’t understood, and, well — you should watch this movie sometime over the holidays. In the midst of a snowstorm, if you can manage it; it will add to the atmosphere. It’s slow-paced, romantic, and a happy ending all around. What’s not to like? * * * * *