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

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, Music  |  9 November 2005 (France)
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In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Sörensen (as Diane Krüger)
Natalie Dessay ...
Anna Sörensen (singing voice)
Rolando Villazón ...
Nikolaus Sprink (singing voice) (as Rolando Villazon)
Alex Ferns ...
Bernard Le Coq ...
Le général Audebert
L'évêque anglais
Thomas Schmauser ...
Le Kronprinz


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 (

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Without an enemy there can be no war. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 November 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Joyeux Noel  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,413,005 (France) (11 November 2005)


$1,050,445 (USA) (30 June 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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The film was originally supposed to be rated R. However, after film critic Roger Ebert criticized the rating, the MPAA officially changed the rating to PG-13. See more »


Most of the Christmas Truces began as a mutual agreement by both sides to bury their dead. In absolutely no case was there any record of the incident being started by a singer moving out into No Man's Land carry a lit-up Christmas Tree. In many cases where Germans did venture into No Man's Land, they were shot by snipers. See more »


[first lines]
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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Auld Lang Syne
Scottish traditional
Words adapted by Robert Burns
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Joyeux Noël - Marry Christmas
16 December 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

As I invited a friend with me to watch this movie, I had very low expectations. I usually don't like French movies, and I don't like war movies. At the beginning of Joyeux Noël, the director of the film said that it was based on a true story and that he wished that if we liked the movie, that we would tell everyone about it and recommend it. And so I will! One can't usually laugh of a war movie, but I did. It was filled with much humor, and I found it very amusing! The cat, the music, the people -it was all very incredible, and I will give you my word that I will buy this movie on DVD -it's already on my wish list!!! I recommend everyone to take a look at this significant movie! -Jeanett Stykket, Oslo, Norway

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