.Yesterday I watched one of “must view at Christmas” films: “Joyeux Noël”. More about this film here, but beware spoilers in the synopsis. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_Noël
I find this movie interesting from a historical viewpoint, schmalzy in places and unbelievable in a couple of plot concepts, but I will watch it, and be reduced to tears, every Christmas. Each time I watch I see a little more into the main characters and gain a little more understanding of the (French) director’s idea.
The story is excellently portrayed by the director and all the actors. It is in English, German and French (normally subtitled). Naturally when the main protagonists interact the language switches to the one who understands least of the other two, so there is a lot of English with a strong clipped Scottish accent! Daniel Brühl, as the German officer, acts a lot of his rôle in French or English.
What I take from this film is that if it were left to the front line troops the Great War would have been over by the first Christmas – or New Year at the latest, but those in command had no idea how to end it once it had been put in motion by those above them.
It is a film with realism, pathos, romance, occasional comedy, social criticism and above all humanity. And recommended for Christmas viewing, expecially this year as we remember the end of the Great War.