Joyeux Noel (Widescreen)

December 3, 2016 - Comment

Academy Award(r), Golden Globe(r) and BAFTA nominee for Best Foreign Film, JOYEUX NOEL (Merry Christmas) tells the true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget

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Academy Award(r), Golden Globe(r) and BAFTA nominee for Best Foreign Film, JOYEUX NOEL (Merry Christmas) tells the true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war. Diane Krüger (Troy), Daniel Brühl (Good Bye Lenin!) and Benno Fürmann (The Princess and the Warrior) head a first-rate international cast in a truly powerful, must-see film.Joyeux Noel captures a rare moment of grace from one of the worst wars in the history of mankind, World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French, and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire, trading chocolates and champagne, playing soccer, and comparing pictures of their wives. But when Christmas ends, the war returns…Joyeux Noel has been justly accused of sentimentality, but if any subject warrants such an earnest and hopeful treatment, it’s the horrors of trench warfare. The largely unknown cast–the more familiar faces include Diane Kruger (Troy), Daniel Bruhl (Good Bye Lenin!), Benno Furmann (The Princess and the Warrior), and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot)–deliver low-key but effective performances as the movie dwells on the everyday elements of life in the face of war. Based on a true incident (though considerably fictionalized). –Bret Fetzer

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Product Features

  • Audio commentary with Writer/Director Christian Carion
  • Interview with Writer/Director Christian Carion

Comments

Waitsel Smith says:

Joyeux Noel is One of the Great Little Films If you have a heart beating in you at all, you will love this movie. It’s about how love changed the lives of the soldiers in three armies on the first Christmas Eve of World War 1. A famous Austrian singer, who is part of the Prussian army, finds his voice and sings to his troops in the trenches on Christmas Eve. Scottish soldiers in a nearby trench hear and begin accompanying him on the bag pipes. Boosted by their response, the singer comes out of his trench and starts walking toward their…

Bavarian Original says:

Joyeux Noel became personal I bought this video to learn more about WW1 and compare it to my grandfather’s stories, a German foot soldier . What was not brought out in the film was that these German soldiers and the opposing forces), during the iciest times in the winter 1916, (not just over Christmas) were boarded with Russian families, at least in Koslova Ruda, when all fighting had to stop. During these weeks my grandfather created the most beautiful pencil drawings (of people he was boarding with) that somehow…

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