Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

July 6, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Posted in DVD | Leave a comment

By December 1914 the First World War on the western front had settled into its own bloody routine. One side would launch a raid at their enemy’s trenches and be repelled by machinegun fire, and then the other side would do the same. Those not on the front lines – senior officers and the public at large – were indoctrinated with the propaganda of hate.

Joyeux Noel tells the remarkable true story of how a few companies of French, Scottish and German soldiers came to a truce for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This was not something planned in advance and it is heartening to see them overcome their distrust, if only for a little while.

Filmed in French, German and English, there are some subtitles. It’s definitely worth seeing. The director, Christian Carion, has made a film that transcends nation and language.

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