When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it. The commission takes their relationship to unexpected places as the young client makes greater and more difficult demands of the woodcarver's ability, and as Christmas approaches, the three struggle to come to terms with each other, their painful memories and the process of putting their unhappiness behind them.
Tom Berenger....Jonathan Toomey
Thomas Briggs....Jonathan's Baby
Clare Burt....Claire Hardwick
Benji Compston....Charles White
Elliot Cowan....James McDowell
Sam Douglas....Wallis Woodman
Benjamin Eli....Bobby Clarke
Robert Jezek....Jim Hardwick
Jack Montgomery....Edward Hardwick
Jenny O'Hara....Mrs. Hickey
Ronald Pickup....William McDowell
Joely Richardson....Susan McDowell
Saoirse Ronan....Celia Hardwick
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