Joyeux NoŽl (Merry Christmas)
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When war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army presents. But the surprise won't come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches. That night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: an Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, an exceptional German tenor and the one he loves, a soprano and singing partner. During this Christmas Eve, the unthinkable happens: soldiers come out of their trenches, leaving their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Some might castigate its unabashed sentimentality, but I found myself moved, especially when I recalled that this was supposedly the war to end all wars."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a marvelously entertaining history lesson -- glossy, emotional and touching."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It is strongly and competently told, and the poignancy of warriors stricken by the sound of Stille Nacht floating across the trenches still has the power to move."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A heartfelt story of men who managed to find camaraderie and humanity in the face of the torrent of bellicose rhetoric coming from their respective authorities..."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"A surprisingly homogenous, organic and satisfying broad-canvas burst of ambitious, engaging cinema."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"It's a respectful, sobering tribute to the flickering of humanitarian spirit amid the darkest days of conflict and, as such, surely a Christmas film for the ages."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Its noble intentions do not negate its lumpy ordinariness."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Insipid manipulation masquerading as (and giving a bad name to) humanism"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Joyeux Noel is shot beautifully and stories intertwine seamlessly."
‑ Brian Marder,
"Saber que o espetacular incidente relatado pelo longa realmente aconteceu ť algo que, confesso, me reconforta imensamente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Well-photographed and acted, Joyeux NoŽl suffers most from the inevitable comparison with its betters, such films as Paths of Glory or All Quiet on the Western Front."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A poignant and rousing carol for peace."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Despite maudlin moments, however, it musters its fair share of irony. The film may be a Euro pudding, but it's tastier than most."
‑ Mattias Frey, Boston Phoenix
"Nominated for the 2005 Best Foreign Film Academy Award, "Noel" is the kind of sentimental tripe the Academy loves to honor in order to justify their own sentimental tripe."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
"This true story seems like it can only be explained as 'a God thing,' and indeed, how else could something so extraordinary take place without divine intervention?"
‑ Mark Moring, Christianity Today
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