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J'ai rencontré le Père Noël (1984)

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


Christian Gion




Credited cast:
Karen Chéryl Karen Chéryl ... Good Fairy / Teacher
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... Le Père Noël / Santa Claus
Emeric Chapuis Emeric Chapuis ... Simon
Alexia Haudot Alexia Haudot ... Elodie (as Little Alexia)
Jeanne Herviale Jeanne Herviale ... Grandmother
Dominique Hulin Dominique Hulin ... Ogre
Hélène Ruby Hélène Ruby ... Mother
Jean-Louis Foulquier Jean-Louis Foulquier ... Father
Baye Fall Baye Fall ... Bouake
Véronique Passetchnik Véronique Passetchnik
Stephan Loison Stephan Loison
Herve Schmitz Herve Schmitz
Little Nicolas Little Nicolas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Davenport 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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Although a French film, it is obvious a version of it was made for the English speaking market. In the English dub, there are English words used on the chalkboard and in other correspondence. Karen Chéryl also sings her numbers in English. See more »


When the good fairy first turns into Little Red Riding Hood, she is clearly wearing red stockings. When the ogre catches her, her stockings have changed from red to white. See more »


Oui, le Père Noël existe
Written by Francis Lai & Pierre-André Dousset
Performed by Karen Chéryl
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Well...it's quite original.
2 September 2003 | by VideoPokerAddictSee 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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Release Date:

5 December 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Believe in Santa Claus See more »

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2.35 : 1
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