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Joyeux Noel -- On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace, so they bury their dead and play football.

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9 November 2005 (France) See more »
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Without an enemy there can be no war. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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This is a wonderful, moving film showing humankind at its best See more (148 total) »

Cast

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Diane Kruger ... Anna Sörensen (as Diane Krüger)
Natalie Dessay ... Anna Sörensen (singing voice)

Benno Fürmann ... Nikolaus Sprink

Rolando Villazón ... Nikolaus Sprink (singing voice) (as Rolando Villazon)

Guillaume Canet ... Le lieutenant Audebert

Gary Lewis ... le pasteur Palmer

Dany Boon ... Ponchel

Daniel Brühl ... le lieutenant Horstmayer

Lucas Belvaux ... Gueusselin
Alex Ferns ... Le lieutenant Gordon

Steven Robertson ... Jonathan

Frank Witter ... Jörg - un soldat allemand
Bernard Le Coq ... Le général Audebert

Ian Richardson ... L'évêque anglais

Thomas Schmauser ... Le Kronprinz
Joachim Bißmeier ... Zimmermann

Robin Laing ... William

Michel Serrault ... Le châtelain

Suzanne Flon ... La châtelaine
Calum Beaton ... Un joueur de cornemuse écossais (as Calum Anthony Beaton)
Otto Beckmann ... Otto - un soldat allemand
Philippe Beautier ... Morallec
Steffen Bielig ... Markus
Nicholas Biggam ... Un enfant anglais
David Bruce ... Un joueur de cornemuse écossais
Christian Carion ... Un infirmier
France Corbet ... Madeleine
Mickey Dedaj ... Le couturier (as Micky Dedaj)
Steven Duffy ... Un brancardier
Tom Duncan ... Un soldat écossais
Roy Entwistle ... Un soldat écossais
Markus Friedmann ... Un officer allemand dans la salle d'état major

Christopher Fulford ... Le major écossais

Michael A. Grimm ... Michael - un soldat allemand (as Michael Grimm)
Jannis Hensel ... Une enfant allemande
Mathias Herrmann ... L'officer allemand au quartier général
Jan Hutter ... Herbert - un soldat allemand
Joe Johnson ... Un soldat écossais
Fraser Johnston ... Un soldat écossais
Gary Lamont ... Un soldat écossais
Griogair Lawrie ... Un joueur de cornemuse
Gerrard Lynch ... Un soldat écossais
Ivan MacDonald ... Un joueur de cornemuse écossais

Jordan McCurrach ... Un soldat écossais
Neil McNulty ... Un soldat écossais
Tony Matthews ... Le général britannique
Florian Mescam ... Un enfant français
Emun Mohammadi ... Un soldat écossais
David Mullen ... Un soldat écossais
Michael Pascher ... Walter - un soldat allemand
Ian Petrie ... Un soldat écossais
Andy Ramsay ... Un soldat écossais
Marc Robert ... Guimond
Peter Rühring ... Un officier allemand á l'Opéra
Allan Sawers ... Un soldat écossais
Louis Friedemann Thiele ... Karl (as Friedemann Thiele)
Johannes Richard Voelkel ... Gunther (as Johannes Voelkel)

Gilbert von Sohlern ... L'officier allemand d'accueil

Mark Wood ... Un soldat écossais
Alexander Wüst ... Oskar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philipp Brammer ... Un soldat allemand
Franck Andrieux ... Un soldat allemand (uncredited)
Vlad Coada ... German Hardcore no. 3 (uncredited)
Christophe Rossignon ... Un lieutenant (uncredited)
Jonas von Lingen ... Un soldat allemand (uncredited)

Directed by
Christian Carion 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christian Carion  written by

Produced by
Andrei Boncea .... co-producer
Christopher Borgmann .... co-producer
Philip Boëffard .... associate producer (as Philippe Boeffard)
Marielle Duigou .... assistant producer
Bertrand Faivre .... co-producer
Soledad Gatti-Pascual .... co-producer
Benjamin Herrmann .... co-producer
Genevieve Lemal .... associate producer
Alexandre Lippens .... associate producer
Daniel Marquet .... associate producer
Kate Ogborn .... co-producer
Patrick Quinet .... co-producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
Manuel Alduy .... co-producer (uncredited)
Rolf Bähr .... co-producer (uncredited)
Danièle Delorme .... co-producer (uncredited)
Gaëtan Moisand .... co-producer (uncredited)
Bertrand Méheut .... co-producer (uncredited)
Michel Romand-Monnier .... co-producer (uncredited)
Laurent Storch .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philippe Rombi 
 
Cinematography by
Walther van den Ende (director of photography) (as Walther Vanden Ende)
 
Film Editing by
Judith Rivière Kawa 
Andrea Sedlácková 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Sabine Schroth 
 
Production Design by
Jean-Michel Simonet 
 
Art Direction by
Vraciu Eduard Daniel 
Anina Diener 
Ève Machuel (executive art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Colpaert 
 
Costume Design by
Alison Forbes-Meyler 
 
Makeup Department
Jan Archibald .... key hair stylist
Emmanuelle Brechet .... makeup artist
Gabi Cretan .... key makeup artist
Julie David .... makeup artist
Stephanie Hovette .... wig maker
Brigitte Laurent .... hair and wig artist
Tony Rocchetti .... hair and wig artist
Josette Roger .... hair and wig artist
Amber Sibley .... makeup designer
Morag Smith .... hair stylist
Caitlin Tanner .... makeup artist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea)
Andreea Tudose .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Julien Azoulay .... post-production manager
Marc Dalmans .... unit manager
Matthieu de Braconier .... post-production supervisor
Michael Frenschkowski .... production supervisor: Germany
Florian Haeger .... assistant unit manager: Germany
Norbert Kneissl .... unit manager: Germany
Ève Machuel .... executive in charge of production
Stéphane Riga .... production supervisor
Andreea Stanculeanu .... executive in charge of physical production
Adrian Sturges .... post-production supervisor: UK
Iuliana Tarnovetchi .... unit production manager (as Iuliana Stefan)
Mihai Toderiae .... production manager: Scotland
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production manager: BE
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alina Alexandrescu .... trainee assistant director: Romania
Christoph Brosius .... third assistant director: Germany
Tudor Cotovelea .... trainee assistant director: Romania
Roger Delattre .... second assistant director
Marie Doller .... trainee assistant director: France
Daniela Dreyer .... trainee assistant director: Germany
Alex Fotea .... third assistant director: Romania
Claire Guillabert .... trainee assistant director: France
Philippe Larue .... first assistant director
Beju Marius .... second assistant director: Romania (as Marius Beju)
Patrick McGurn .... third assistant director: Scotland
Thorne Mutert .... second assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director: Romania
Ana Lisa Persson .... trainee assistant director: France
Sînziana Pop .... trainee assistant director: Romania
Pascal Salafa .... first assistant director
Silvian Voinea .... trainee assistant director: Romania
 
Art Department
Cristian Baluta .... assistant property master
Iulian Bostanaru .... set designer
Florin Gavrila .... scenic painter
Andreas Horstmann .... property master: Germany
Liviu Marcu .... sculptor
Cristian Mihaila .... property buyer
Vlad Panaitescu .... set construction manager
Adrian Popa .... property master
Geaniloni Sandru .... scenic painter
Eusebiu Sirbu .... scenic artist
Madalina Udrescu .... key set decorator (as Madalina Mitu)
Guillaume Watrinet .... property master
Marcus Wellendorf .... property master: Germany
Peter Wolf .... propmaker
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects
Alessandro Checceca .... dubbing mixer: Italian post-synchronized version
Nicolae Comarzan .... assistant sound
Thomas Desjonquères .... supervising sound editor
Marius Emil Stanescu .... boom operator
Séverin Favriau .... assistant sound editor
Dean Humphreys .... re-recording mixer
Craig Irving .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Pascal Jasmes .... assistant sound
Pascal Jasmes .... boom operator
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound
Mark Lafbery .... foley recordist
Walter Maninna .... sound recordist: Italian post-synchronized version
Pierre Mertens .... sound engineer
Gilles Missir .... post-synchronisation sound engineer
Sandy Notarianni .... dialogue editor
Sam Southwick .... foley editor
Jean-Noël Yven .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects assistant
Joshua Clement .... special effects assistant
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects coordinator
Razvan Pascal .... special effects translator
Antoine Vander Winkel .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Mac Guff Ligne, Paris
Ramdam .... lead compositing
Antonin Seydoux .... compositor
David Tomaszewski .... digital compositor
Martial Vallanchon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Vasile Albinet .... stunt performer
Gabi Burlacu .... stunts
Madalin Dragan .... stunts
Ciprian Dumitrascu .... stunt coordinator
Marius Florian .... stunt performer
Daniel Pisica .... stunt performer
Dorin Zaharia .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lupsa Armand .... electrician
Daniel Balteanu .... electrician: Romania
Radu Cioplea .... video operator
Sandu Constantin .... electrician
Julien Covens .... grip
Adam Dale .... aerial director of photography
Dominique Degand .... grip
Koen Firlefijn .... key grip
Didier Frateur .... first assistant camera
Titi Gavrila .... second assistant camera: Romania
Bebe Guta .... second assistant camera: Romania
Chris Hacken .... gaffer
Témoudjine Janssens .... grip
Dan Liutic .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Flow Jean Louis .... electrician: Germany (as Jean Louis Flow)
Radu Marinescu .... best boy grip
Jean-Paul Meurisse .... camera operator
Catalin Nicolae .... electrician
Dragomir Niculae .... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae .... gaffer (as Florin Nicolae)
Heiko Rother .... electrician: Germany
Jan Rubens .... Steadicam operator
Gunther Schockaert .... electrician
Bjoern Susen .... gaffer: Germany (as Björn-Yves Susen)
James Swanson .... aerial director of photography
Wim Temmerman .... electrician
Kris Theuwis .... key grip
Gideon van Essen .... lighting technician
Vincent van Gelder .... second assistant camera
Nicolae Vasile .... electrician
Nicolae Vasile .... electrician: Romania
Bruno Verstraete .... co-gaffer
 
Casting Department
Grégory Caloire .... casting trainee: France
Domnica Circiumaru .... extras casting: Romania
Laure Cochener .... casting: kids, France
Marcel Dykiert .... extras casting assistant
Ana Dávila .... casting: kids, Germany
Michaela Iacob .... extras casting assistant: Romania
Iris Müller .... extras casting: Germany
Andreea Tanasescu .... casting director: Romania (as Andrea Tanasescu)
Jacqueline Wawrzyniak .... extras casting: France
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mariana Bujoi .... costumes
Monica Florescu .... costume assistant
Anne Le Montagner .... wardrobe
Radu Mada .... wardrobe supervisor
Claudia Sarbu .... set costumer
Bunny Stokes .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... grader
Céline Cloarec .... additional assistant editor
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Matthieu de Braconier .... post-production coordinator: UK
Julie Delord .... second assistant editor
Mickael Dumontier .... digital conformation
Eric Duriez .... post production manager
Frederic Jupin .... lustre editor
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Judith Rivière Kawa .... first assistant editor
Raymond Terrentin .... digital colorist
Clement Zveguintzoff .... digital conformation
 
Location Management
Sean Barclay .... location finder
Marc Bossaerts .... location scout
Alexandru Cseh .... location assistent
Sorina Dumitru .... location manager
Michèle Massé .... location scout
Adrian Radu .... location assistant
Cindy Thomson .... location manager: UK
 
Music Department
Benjamin Caillaud .... music editor
Chorale Scala .... musician
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Edouard Dubois .... musician: harmonica
Mathias Duhayer .... chorus singer
Carmine Lauri .... musician: violin solo
London Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Orchestre Symphonique Bel'Arte .... orchestra
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Géraldine Rombi .... music supervisor
Philippe Rombi .... conductor
Philippe Rombi .... musician: piano solo
Philippe Rombi .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Karsten Fritz Aye .... driver: Germany
Florian Haeger .... driver: Germany
Daniel Huhn .... personal driver: Christophe Rossignon, Germany
Kisten Schnorr .... driver: Germany
Andrei Sendrea .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Nairye Apelian .... production secretary
Martin Bauernfeind .... title design
Cécile Bonardi .... voice coach
Teo Bostanica .... base camp administrator
Irene Iovan Calangiu .... production coordinator: Romania (as Iovan Irene)
David Clem .... helicopter pilot: Scotland
Guillaume Colboc .... documentalist
Mircioiu Cristian .... set runner
Manlio de Angelis .... dubbing director: Italian post-synchronized version
Tim Desbois .... aerial coordinator
Annette Drees .... script supervisor
Marielle Duigou .... production assistant
Silvia Ferri .... assistant dubbing director: Italian post-synchronized version
Sophie Fortat .... production accountant
Astrid Gavard .... publicist
Charles Heidet .... car supplier
Pauline Jardel .... production coordinator
Christophe Julien .... choristers
Jean-Claude Lecoq .... armorer
Rodolphe Leroy .... unit manager assistant
Fiona MacMillan .... production coordinator: UK
Gabriel Mamruth .... production accountant
Linda Marasco .... publicist
Daniel Marquet .... international financing
Sylvie Michel .... script supervisor (as Sylvie Michel-Casey)
Cristian Mircioui .... set production assistant
Amalia Morar .... cast accountant
Anton Petrache .... armorer: Romania
Philippa Robson .... assistant to producers: UK
Philippa Robson .... production coordinator: UK
Julien Sabourdin .... production controller
Dominique Segall .... publicist
Anna Slater .... production coordinator
Juliane Spaete .... production assistant: Germany
Sally Steele .... publicist
Andy Stephens .... aerial operations manager
Iulian Timofte .... key set production assistant
Iulian Timofte .... production assistant
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production administrator
 
Thanks
Marie Claude Arbaudie .... special thanks
Eric Assous .... special thanks
Philippe Chapelier-Dehesdin .... special thanks (as Philippe Chapelier)
Danièle Delorme .... special thanks
Eliane Dubois .... special thanks
Myriam Hacene .... special thanks
Patricia Lazoux .... special thanks
Roch-Olivier Maistre .... special thanks
Patrick Rodhes .... special thanks
Gabriel Rossignon .... special thanks
Michel Serrault .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Joyeux Noël" - France (original title)
"Merry Christmas" - Germany (imdb display title), Hong Kong (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA
"Happy Christmas" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 on appeal for some war violence and a brief scene of sexuality/nudity (re-rating on appeal)
Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) | Austria:10 | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (edited version) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) | UK:12A | UK:12 (video release) | USA:R (originial rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating on appeal)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film is inspired by a book, "Batailles de Flandres et d'Artois 1914-1919" by Yves Buffetaut, and particularly a specific chapter, "L'incroyable de Noël de 1914".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Anna and Nikolaus talks about the time they met for the first time, they say "Oslo". Oslo, capitol of Norway, was called Kristiania until 1924.See more »
Quotes:
[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 one Heed not their children's cries Best slay all now, the women, too Or else someday again they'll rise Which if they're dead, they cannot do.
[...]
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FAQ

What was the name of the opera based on Joyeux Noel?
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54 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
This is a wonderful, moving film showing humankind at its best, 2 January 2006
Author: adeej from New Zealand

Wow! Joyeux Noel was a great movie. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this film but found it to be moving, heartwarming and a wonderful cinematic experience.

The fact that the story is based on real events that happened shows that their is some good in humans across the world. In this story, all sides are respected as humans and the soldiers come to understand that under God, we are all one.

Please, even if you don't normally go to foreign language films or war movies, go to this film. The war scenes are not prolific. You will come out changed and smiling from the inside out!

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