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Could barely sit through this 2-hour-long Macy's Christmas sale commercial.
The basic plot would have made more sense had it appealed to humanity between culturally different communities with significant power difference and history of oppression rather than a bunch of white blokes.
Joyeux Noël is a war movie based on the real fraternization between enemy troops on the first Christmas of the first World War. The fiction that unfolds before our eyes features French, German and Scot units, containing among them all manner of characters and attitudes, but highlighting the common bonds of soldiers wherever they may be from, and no matter how much the other side wants to dehumanize them. Once you've shared a drink with the enemy, how can you them shoot him on sight? And in wars such as this one, where German tourists came into France all the time, might you not have crossed paths under friendlier circumstances before? There's humor, music, tension, and there's heartbreak when doing the right thing becomes doing the wrong thing in war, and an unofficial cease-fire we want to celebrate today is actually condemned at the time. And may still be, in some quarters. Because despite the century that's gone by, I don't think people and policy have changed very much.
Beautiful, heartbreaking, magical. I cried my eyes out and enjoyed every moment of it.
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This movie ranks #37 in Music
This movie ranks #99 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #255 in Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Nominees