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Joyeux Noel (2005)
"Joyeux Noël" (original title)

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On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.

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Anna Sörensen (as Diane Krüger)
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Le Kronprinz
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In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some war violence and a brief scene of sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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9 November 2005 (France)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,732 (USA) (3 March 2006)

Gross:

$1,050,445 (USA) (30 June 2006)
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The football match depicted was probably inspired by the documented game between the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the Saxon Infantry who played football on Christmas Day 1914. In 2008 the British and German Army's sent teams France to play a game of football in honour of their predecessors. See more »

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When either Nikolaus sings alone, or in a duet with his love Anna, it's very obvious he is not singing himself. The singing voice is clearly different from his spoken voice, and the song's words don't match with the lips (for both Nikolaus and Anna) on several occasions. See more »

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Enfant francais: Child, upon these maps do heed This black stain to be effaced Omitting it, you would proceed Yet better it in red to trace Later, whatever may come to pass Promise there to go you must To fetch the children of Alsace Reaching out their arms to us May in our fondest France Hope's green saplings to branch And in you, dear child, flower Grow, grow, France awaits its hour.
Enfant anglais: To rid the map of every trace Of Germany and of the Hun We must exterminate that race We must not leave a single ...
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I'm Dreaming of Home
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Composed by Philippe Rombi
Performed by Griogair Lawrie, David Bruce, Ivan MacDonald and Calum Beaton (Bagpipe Ensemble)
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An excellent movie!
25 December 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I was sceptical before watching this film but by the end I had tears running down my cheeks.

By depicting the feelings and destinies of the soldiers, the film demonstrated the absurdity of war and how each soldier is more than a mere cannon target. It is a commentary on the utter stupidity of politics governing war events from behind curtains while not actually experiencing the real war. By depicting a unique event in European war history that occurred on Christmas day 1914 it shows viewers that Europeans can be as one even as "enemies".

About ten years ago I watched Paul McCartney's video "Pipes of Peace" and thought that what it depicted was completely fictitious--nothing more than pacifists' dreams. I have now learned that it was true.


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