Noble

Christina Noble, the charismatic human rights activist who created a successful network of help centers for impoverished children in southeast Asia, is the subject of this mushy, faith-based Irish biopic (2014). Growing up poor in Dublin, Noble endured an alcoholic father while singing in pubs to help make ends meet, and in the film’s well-organized nonlinear structure her upbringing mirrors that of the Vietnamese children she helps as an adult. This Dickensian childhood provides real intrigue, but writer-director Stephen Bradley portrays the grown-up Noble (Dierdre O’Kane) as a messianic figure, making her philanthropy seem like acts of hubris rather than selflessness. With Brendan Coyle.