We have exclusive excerpts from Hallmarks 2023 Christmas movie due out next month.
Scene: Noor is working in her shop Intifada Essentials. Mom walks in.
Mom: Noor, slow down, ebnah. You’ve been ready for Christmas for three weeks already!
Noor: Oh Mama! You now how busy this season gets. My RPGs are still in the boxes.
Mom: Ebnah, you’re incorrigible (shakes her head lovingly).
Mahmoud, the swarthy handy man who looks like Brad Pitt, if Brad Pitt was 20 years younger and $30 million cheaper enters the shop, awkwardly carrying multiple boxes.
Mahmoud: Noor, where do you want the glider parts?
Noor: Now where you put them the last 20 times you asked?
Together (whimsically): The tunnel next to the water pipes!
(playful music hinting at future romance)
Scene: Farouk Worthington, who looks like Leonardo DiCaprio, if Leonardo DiCaprio was 20 years and $30 million cheaper, fresh from a flight from Qatar, enters Noor’s business.
Farouk: Which one of you is known as Noor?
Noor: (excitedly): Hi! How can I help you?
Farouk: I have an exciting project. I am building our new underground headquarters and I heard that you have a gift for obtaining supplies.
(mom comes out from the back room)
Mom: Yes she does! My little Noor is very talented and capable and (pausing at Farouk’s handsome profile) worth many goats!
Scene: In the tunnels, unpacking IEDs, Noor and Mahmoud are unpacking boxes and shelving the inventory.
Noor: Mahmoud, for a dumb ox, you are a lifesaver. We’d have never made the deadline without you.
Mahmoud (making horns over his head with his hands): I live to serve (makes snorting sounds).
(they both laugh, and hold each other’s gaze just a second too long)
Mahmoud: You know, I don’t believe Farouk has the best intentions for Gazatown.
Noor (defensively): Farouk only want to bring prosperity to our little town this Christmas.
Mahmoud: Did you not know? The new headquarters is (dramatic pause, serious music) under the hospital!
Noor (looking downward, sad): Mahmoud, there’s something I have to tell you. I’ve agreed to go with Farouk and be his personal servant.
Lots of somber music as a montage of sweet moments between Noor and Mahmoud.
Scene: At the airport. Noor is visibly conflicted as she stands there looking at departure times to Qatar. Zoom into Noor’s face as melancholy music plays. A voice comes from behind.
Mahmoud (whispering): Noor… I … I just need to say something. I had a vision of you and I hanging stockings above the fireplace. A vision of a dozen little martyrs. A … Noor, I would trade seventy-two virgins for you.