Its the last Christmas together in Depression era Alabama of a sensitive boy and his elderly cousin who was his closest friend. The two raise enough money to buy the ingredients for 30 fruit cakes, sent mostly to strangers like FDR. They spend Christmas day flying the kites the made for each while Capote's voice over explains their separation, followed by their dog's passing, and a few years later her's.
Did You Know?
Monroeville, Alabama (where Capote as a child had lived with his much older cousin, Sook) was considered for location-shooting by the filmmakers, but it was deemed a bit too developed after 30 years of progress. It was Harper Lee who suggested to the producers that Snowdoun, Alabama, would make for a more convincing rural Depression-era setting. See more
In addition to never having seen a movie, she has never eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except the funny papers and the Bible, worn cosmetics, cursed, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, let a hungry dog go hungry.
Remade as A Christmas Memory