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Joyeux Noel (2005)

Joyeux Noël (original title)
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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Anna Sörensen (as Diane Krüger)
Natalie Dessay ...
Anna Sörensen (singing voice)
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Rolando Villazón ...
Nikolaus Sprink (singing voice) (as Rolando Villazon)
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Alex Ferns ...
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Bernard Le Coq ...
Le général Audebert
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L'évêque anglais
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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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France 1914. A moment of humanity that made history. See more »


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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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Box Office

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,050,445 (USA) (30 June 2006)
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This film is dedicated to the soldiers who fraternized on Christmas 1914 in several places on the front. See more »

Goofs

When Anna and Nikolaus are kissing in the scene before they make love, in a close up shot their lips are almost touching, and in the next shot their heads are next to each other cheek to cheek, and they're hugging. 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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Written by Philippe Rombi
Performed by Chorale Scala and London Symphony Orchestra with Philippe Rombi (piano)
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Movie about the foolishness of war, how religion causes wars and how there is really no division between church and state
4 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an incredibly well acted and executed film. It is thought provoking about the obvious issues of war and peace and how the enemy looks like us.

The film is set on Christmas Eve at the beginning of World War I. The film opens with showing the naiveté of youth as the word of war being declared spreads through the town. The local parish priest follows his young parishioners into the battle field. This really is an ensemble piece with many fine and talented actors. It has the added bonus of incredible music.

It also has important themes about the role of religion in the world. How good will try to raise it's head in even the most dire of times and then evil shoots it down.

While I think that this film is a must see, I fear that the negative depiction of organized religion will keep this movie from the praise it so richly deserves.


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