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Summary: This movie is inspired by a true story, which occurred in the trenches of the World War I battlefield on Christmas Eve in 1914. When war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army presents. But the surprise won't come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches. (imdb)
Itís a really touching film that shows that there can be real humanity in wartime and that weíre all the same - human. I really liked that the war was shown from different perspectives, not just one side, like a lot of war films. It had great performances, nice cinematography and real heart to it.
An extremely unique film, one of the best "war" flicks I've come across in recent memory. The pacing is kind of a mess, but it's easy to overlook it with some great acting and an inspirational message that sticks with the viewer after the film. A nice supporting role from Kruger as well.
Interesting story, some decent acting. The forced recommencement of war after the festivities is painful to consider. But, the lip-synching is indeed bad and terribly distracting - took me out of the movie a few times.
The god awful lip-syncing guaranteed it no better than a 50. Cynical perhaps, but I believe there's a good reason that every army in history has had rules about fraternizing with the enemy. One character we're asked to sympathize with is a defector and a traitor. But he did it for love! Please. This film was the cheesiest shit I've seen in years.
Many war films depict the horrors of war but few are as explicitly pacifist as this one. The film deserves credit for that, but is not that interesting overall. The storytelling is decent, but the drama is mediocre, and the cinematic language is arch-typical of clichť-infested Oscar-baiting melodrama.
an amazing war film, and the multiple languages adds to the realisim a great aspect, some great acting and truly spellbinding direction. it is beyond me why there haven't been more movies portraying world war one.
Beyond the story contrivances and loose interpretation of historic events, Joyeux Noel manages to become an uplifting film about the spirit of Christmas and brotherly love among men that are far from kin. [Full Review]
Joyeux NoŽl is a fabulous film. There is never a dull moment, and after the first 45 minutes, which establish the scenario the characters find themselves in. The film is an incredibly emotional experience, with every frame after a certain part hitting quite hard -- despite the general tone being very light and happy. This is based on a true story, and it deserves to be as sentimental as possible. I really enjoyed Joyeux NoŽl, and I definitely recommend it.