Joyeux Noël (2005)

Joyeux Noël (2005)
  • Time: 116 min
  • Genre: Drama | History | Music
  • Director: Christian Carion
  • Cast: Benno Fürmann, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Guillaume Canet


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.

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  • Historical war films, like Lawrence of Arabia or Bridge on the River Kwai, use the specific stories that they are based on to tell a story. Sometimes these films can be accused of being full of inaccuracies of what did or didn’t happen. I think that’s why films about widespread events appeal to me so much, no one can come along and say that didn’t happen.

    Joyeux Noël tells a fictionalised account of the Christmas Truce of 1914. During the stalemate that is happening on the front line, soldiers from the German, French and Scottish armies decide to take part in a ceasefire that lasts into Christmas Day. Among the soldiers is German tenor Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Fürmann), his wife Anna Sörenson (Diane Kruger), Scottish priest Father Palmer (Gary Lewis) and French Lieutenant Audebert (Guilliame Canet). During the ceasefire, the men play football, share stories and drink with one another.

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