Joyeux Noël Poster

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: November 14th, 2006

PG-13|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
With the advent of World War I, Europe is thrown into a brutal and vicious chaos as men are forced to kill or be killed. While blood soaks the battlefield as Christmas approaches, the men in the trenches of the Western Front face a transformation, however fleeting, toward peace and goodwill. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides (Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis) bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity.

Cast: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon, Daniel Brühl, Lucas Belvaux, Bernard Le Coq

Director: Christian Carion

Genres: War, Drama

Production Co: Artemis Productions, Senator Film Produktion GmbH [de], Nord-Express Productions [fr]

Keywords: Heartwarming, Inspiring, Transformation, France, Love, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Carion's cri de coeur is at once a historical chronicle, an ode to the European Community, and a not-so-veiled critique of a 21st-century war. show more

  • Though it's not the great film "Grand Illusion" is, and though it may strike some as a little schmaltzy, it still has some of that earlier film's deep feeling and empathy for soldiers trapped in the jaws of war and for the joys of Christmas--for believers and non-believers alike. show more

  • With a cast of Scottish, German and French actors all speaking their own language, writer-director Christian Carion has fashioned a deeply moving and uplifting piece. show more

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Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)