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J'ai rencontré le Père Noël (1984)

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Holiday tale of a young boy asking Santa for his parents, mysteriously vanished during an African expedition, to return home for Christmas.


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Credited cast:
Karen Chéryl ...
Good Fairy / Teacher
Armand Meffre ...
Emeric Chapuis ...
Alexia Haudot ...
Elodie (as Little Alexia)
Jeanne Herviale ...
Dominique Hulin ...
Hélène Ruby ...
Jean-Louis Foulquier ...
Baye Fall ...
Véronique Passetchnik
Stephan Loison
Herve Schmitz
Little Nicolas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Davenport ...
Simon (voice)


Holiday tale of a young boy asking Santa for his parents, mysteriously vanished during an African expedition, to return home for Christmas.

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Santa's space-age adventure for everyone!


Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi






Release Date:

5 December 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

I Believe in Santa Claus  »

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2.35 : 1
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The first edition of the soundtrack 33 rpm output in France was quickly withdrawn from sale because Karen Cheryl had not asked permission from his producer (Ibach) to turn in the film and sing songs. The disc was reissued with the same cover but with a new singer: Tilda (known then as the Tilda Rejwan). In Quebec, Nathalie Simard, who interprets songs. See more »


Petit pomme sur le pommier
Written by Francis Lai & Pierre-André Dousset
Performed by Karen Chéryl
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2 September 2003 | by (Northbrook, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

As someone who lives in America, I saw the English dubbed version of this film released by Starmaker Video. I don't know if anything was lost in the translation or if this is just an odd film. My guess is the latter.

The plot revolves around a sweet little boy named Simon whose parents have somehow become political prisoners in Africa. Simon's class in school writes letters to Santa and he tells the jolly ol' man that he doesn't want toys for Christmas. He only wants his parents back.

Soon afterwards, the class takes a trip to the airport. Interestingly enough, Simon and a little girl named Elodie end up separated from their classmates and are placed on a plane. The plane supposedly takes them to the same part of the world where Santa lives (although it's not the South Pole). The two little kids wander around in the snow and into a forest in search of Santa.

This peculiar film includes more than just Santa Claus though. It also boasts an ogre, a fairy, a tribe of African rebels and several headache-inducing songs sung at the most inappropriate of times. I will probably remember "Here Comes Santa Claus" for quite some time. However, don't consider that a recommendation for you to go out and find a copy of this rare flick. 2/10

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