Joyeux Noël

Merry Christmas

DVD - 2006 - French
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Joyeux Noël
Loosely based on true episodes, this film tells the story of German, French, and Scottish soldiers in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Follows a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, and a German tenor and his beloved Danish soprano as music and the spirit of Christmas create bonds between enemies.


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Christmas Eve, 1914, and on an isolated French farm a spontaneous camaraderie develops between entrenched German, French, and Scottish troops. Laying down their weapons for a few brief hours the sworn enemies pass the time exchanging family photos, playing soccer, and burying their dead before WWI begins all over again. Before New Years Day 1915 arrives three commanders will see the war through different eyes, a pair of lovers will make a life-altering decision, and a priest will come to question not only his vocation but the mind of God Himself. Although based on historical facts it quickly becomes quite clear that writer/director Christian Carion has taken some dramatic liberties with his story as a temporary truce becomes a mini peace summit with opposing armies seeking refuge in each others' foxholes while exchanging postcards and shots of whisky. Be that as it may this is still a well crafted movie, beautifully filmed and buoyed by some amazing performances from its international cast. Yes, anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of history can explain why WWI was justified; but by reducing warfare to its essential human components Carion highlights how tragic and ludicrous it truly is.

Nov 10, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This a very good movie, shows how stupid war is. I had known that this had taken place but I was unaware of the consequences that the soldiers received from it. This is not much of a war movie, so if you don’t like war movies you may enjoy this one.

Oct 06, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 2005 116-minute drama written and directed by Christian Carion, based on a true-life story of thr spontaneous Christmas Eve truce
declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I.
A few days before Christmas, the Scots and French troops lead a combined assault on the German trenches in France.
The attack causes heavy casualties on both sides, but does not break the stalemate of trench warfare.
One of the Scottish brothers, William, is mortally wounded during the attack, and his brother Jonathan is forced to abandon him in no-man's-land
as they retreat.
In Germany, Anna Sørensen manages to get permission to perform for Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, and Sprink (Anna's lover) is allowed to accompany her.
Two are famous opera stars.
They spend a night together and then perform.
Afterward, Sprink expresses bitterness at the comfort of the generals at their headquarters, and resolves to go back to the front to sing for the troops.
Sprink is initially against Anna's decision to go with him, but he agrees shortly afterward.

The unofficial truce begins when the Scots begin to sing festive songs and songs from home, accompanied by bagpipes.
Sprink and Sørensen arrive in the German front-line and Sprink sings for his comrades.
As Sprink sings Silent Night he is accompanied by a piper in the Scottish front-line.
Sprink responds to the piper and exits his trench with a small Christmas tree singing "Adeste Fideles."
Following Sprink's lead the French, German, and Scottish officers meet in no-man's-land and agree on a cease-fire for the evening.
The various soldiers meet and wish each other "Joyeux Noël","Frohe Weihnachten", and "Merry Christmas."
They exchange chocolate, champagne, and photographs of loved ones.
I've heard and read of this spontaneous Christmas Eve truce, but I really wonder if the woman was actually allowed to go to the front.
It is unthinkable!
Is it a fiction the director-writer added to this drama?

Nov 11, 2010
  • JunLim93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unforgettable movie - full of passion and untold miracles during the war

Jan 06, 2009
  • smc01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film is very well written and acted. It certainly makes one wonder how the soldiers went on to resume their battle after forming friendships on Christmas Day.


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Mar 28, 2008
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