Joyeux Noël

Joyeux Noël

Director: Christian Carion Cast: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet

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Joyeux Noël

The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's Academy Award-nominated account of the true-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. As the winter winds began to blow and the soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting the generous Christmas care packages sent by the families, the sounds of warfare took a momentary backseat to the yearning for brotherhood among all of mankind. It is here that the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano's lives were about to be changed forever. On Christmas Eve of that year, the lonely souls of the front lines abandoned their arms to reach out to their enemies on the battlefield and greet them with not anger or hostility, but with the simple, kindly gesture of a much needed cigarette or a treasured piece of chocolate, and to put their differences aside long enough to wish their brothers a sincere "Merry Christmas!"

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
UPC: 0043396150997
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 11,067

Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/director Christian Carion; Interview with writer/director Christian Carion

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diane Kruger Anna Sorensen
Benno Fürmann Nikolaus Sprink
Guillaume Canet Audebert
Gary Lewis Palmer
Dany Boon Ponchel
Daniel Brühl Horstmayer
Alex Ferns Gordon
Steven Robertson Jonathan
Lucas Belvaux Gueusselin
Bernard Le Coq General
Ian Richardson Bishop
Frank Witter Jorg
Thomas Schmauser Le Konprinz
Joachim Bissemeyer Actor
Robin Laing William
Suzanne Flon La Chatelaine
Michel Serrault Le Chatelain

Technical Credits
Christian Carion Director,Screenwriter
Andrei Boncea Co-producer
Christopher Borgmann Co-producer
Thomas Desjonqueres Sound/Sound Designer
Natalie Dessay Score Composer
Bertrand Faivre Co-producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Alison Forbes-Meyler Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Gatti-Pascual Co-producer
Benjamin Herrmann Co-producer
Dean Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Phillippe Larue Asst. Director
Eve Machuel Executive Producer
Pierre Mertens Sound/Sound Designer
Kate Ogborn Co-producer
Patrick Quinet Co-producer
Philippe Rombi Score Composer
Christophe Rossignon Producer
Sabine Schroth Casting
Andrea Sedlackova Editor
Jean-Michel Simonet Production Designer
Anna Sorensen Score Composer
Nikolaus Sprink Score Composer
Walther van den Ende Cinematographer
Rolando Villazón Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Joyeux Noel
1. Differences/Titles and Credits [4:12]
2. War Is Declared [3:48]
3. Futility [5:08]
4. Trying to Help [3:46]
5. Secret Liaison [3:46]
6. Planning a Recital [3:03]
7. In the Wrong Place [3:18]
8. Close to Home [4:21]
9. Reunion [4:02]
10. Duet [6:10]
11. Bagpipes [3:25]
12. Something in Common [5:42]
13. First Time Officers [2:17]
14. Then the Soldiers [2:59]
15. Families Back Home [3:23]
16. Christmas Mass [2:26]
17. An Angel Sings [3:49]
18. Reminder of War [4:14]
19. Talk About the Dead [3:39]
20. Burying the Dead [5:22]
21. Fun and Games [2:19]
22. Shelling [5:28]
23. Prisoners [4:33]
24. Betrayal of Letters [1:12]
25. Loss Faith [5:57]
26. Fate of the Scots [2:33]
27. Fate of the French [3:25]
28. Fate of the Germans [11:13]

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Joyeux Noël 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect film to watch during the holiday season. It is hard NOT to be inspired and moved by Joyeux Noel. This film, thankfully, does not have the violence of other war films. It does have beautifully emotional performances given by the perfectly-cast Scottish, French, and German actors. The visuals are breathtaking and the soundtrack is simple, but perfectly rendered. It's difficult to get through the movie without a couple Kleenex, so be prepared!
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
I don't know if the soldiers in 1914 actually determined to call a truce because they heard each other's songs about home or Christmas, but this film did a magnificent job of showing how music can break down any barriers between people. However, an equally indelible image is the young Scot whose mind breaks following his brother's death. His emotional collapse - along with his act of "revenge" - brought the gut-wrenching tragedy of war home to me more than any other events in the movie. Unable to associate with anyone around him, hardly even able to speak anymore, he retreats into a shell, focused only on writing to his mother as if all is well and waiting for the chance to kill an enemy soldier. All the actors did an incredible job with this phenomenal script, and another salient issue to dwell on is the high-ranking priest who gives the sermon at the end. A haunting speech: while he urges his countrymen to wipe the German race - man, woman and child - off the face of the earth so that they can never terrorize the world again, as hideous and revolting as that command is (particularly coming from a man of the cloth), look at what happened 25 years later. And having said that, there's one more topic to consider: the German commander (Daniel Bruhl's character) says he's a Jew near the end, so even if he had not taken part in the truce and instead continued to dutifully slaughter enemy troops, his service for his country would have been rewarded with death in a concentration camp come the 1930s. A remarkably compelling and intelligent film.
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