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Joyeaux Noel

Movie Review:
Genre: Drama, War
Runtime: 115 minutes
Release Date: March 3rd, 2006

JOYEAUX NOEL, or MERRY CHRISTMAS, is an international production about the Christmas armistice between the Allies and the Germans in World War I in 1914. It tells what happens when a group of French, Scottish and German soldiers decide on their own to call a truce on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and share some Christian brotherhood. Even a German Jewish officer is moved by the Catholic mass and singing that occurs during the Christmas celebrations. The war, however, eventually intrudes on the celebration.

The Christmas scenes in this movie are among the most beautiful and most powerful ever put on film. A Dutch opera singer on the German side sings both "Silent Night" and "Come All Ye faithful," and his Dutch wife sings "Ave Maria" during the Catholic mass. These scenes will bring most discerning viewers to joyful, sublime tears. MERRY CHRISTMAS is a thought-provoking, wonderful movie that overcomes its shortcomings. Only some brief foul language, a bedroom scene between the married opera singers and some pacifist, antinomian sentiments require caution. Otherwise, this is a great movie that probably should win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

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