Genre: International, War
Actors: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, and Dany Boon
Summary: One Christmas night in 1914, during World War One, peace was willfully enforced by the three different sides fighting in the trenches. Instead of killing each other, French, Scottish, and German soldiers committed treason and celebrated Christmas together. The enemies came together in mass, in the burial of the dead, and in life as they exchanged addresses to meet up after the war. War, however, does not have a temporary peace as it interrupts the soldier’s bonding on several occasions. Risking their lives, the three sides work together to insure that peace is kept throughout Christmas and that death is avoided for at least one day.
My Opinion: The very idea that Joyeux Noel was based on a true story gives you hope for the world. Amid the violence and bloodshed of war, people from different cultures and backgrounds can still unite for a common good. It also made me think about the hatred that is involved in war. Although there had been casualties on all three sides, there was still love, laughter, and singing. Joyeux Noel humanized the soldiers. Instead of being one German army against a French army and a Scottish army, they were soldiers with families and friends. The soldiers all risked their lives and committed treason because they realized that the other side was not evil, like the war had forced them to believe. In war, there is always a good guy and a bad guy. However, in this movie they were just men. This war, in this film was not a patriotic fight for good but a moral fight for what is right. Overall, Joyeux Noel increased my faith in the world, making this a truly inspiring movie.
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