Joyeux Noel (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

France/Germany/United Kingdom/Belgium/Romania, 2005.  Nord-Ouest Productions, Senator Film Produktion, The Bureau, Artémis Productions, Media Pro Pictures, TF1 Films Production, Les Productions de la Guéville, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Sat.1, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Eurimages, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, C.R.R.A.V, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderungsanstalt, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Soficinéma, Cofimage 16, Uni Etoile 2, Sogécinéma 3, Groupe Un, SCOPE Invest, Nippon Herald Films, Cinéart, Playtime, Cofinova 1.  Screenplay by Christian Carion.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Scottish, French and German soldiers on the front lines of World War I put aside their differences on Christmas Eve and enjoy a day of ceasefire, fraternizing after following the inspiration of an operatic aria sung by the beautiful , who was visiting her lover that night. The higher-ups, eager to avoid an international scandal, react when they hear the news, realizing that their soldiers will be completely incapable of blowing off the heads of the men they have just shared champagne with and swapped stories of the homes they are missing so very much. Christian Carion’s bid for peace in a world obsessed with war may not be up to the level of Grand Illusion, but it is a beautifully heartfelt tale in which war is not only inhumane, it is an unnatural state that benefits a few materially but none spiritually. In this film, it is art that brings people together, while religion and politics serve to keep them apart. Kruger is lovely, but someone should have taught her how to lip-synch. Based on real events.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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