Joyeux Noel

No, that is not only a vacation greeting, however one thing else completely.  Let me clarify…

My Vacation Music Fest postings have made me consider one among my favourite, little-known vacation motion pictures which I figured I ought to point out, giving people time to maybe get it from Netflix or no matter on-line service you subscribe to earlier than the season is out.  Although it is nice any time of the 12 months.

It is a international language movie, Joyeux Noel, which was nominated for a Greatest International Language Oscar in 2005.  Actually, I assumed it ought to have received, however the Oscar that 12 months went to a South African film, Tsotsi.  That was fairly good, however for my very own style Joyeux Noel stood hand-over-fist higher.  Tsotsi advised an vital story, in an vital nation at an vital time in its historical past.  And it advised it properly.  However Joyeux Noel was simply…joyous.  And fantastic.

It tells a fictionalized model of a narrative you might have heard — how in World Conflict I, 4 armies confronted one another on Christmas Eve, prepared for battle, however amongst themselves determined to name a truce for that one evening.  The film is not simply “really feel good,” there’s quite a lot of drama and intense pressure, and it is all advised beautifully.

It was additionally the primary film I might seen Diane Kruger in, although I did not notice it on the time, since she wasn’t a well known star within the U.S. then.  She performs an opera singer, and apparently he singing is dubbed by somebody who was one among my people very favourite, Natalie Dessay.

(I ought to word for these cautious of international language movies that one of many armies at a crossroads is British, so a great a part of the film is in English.)

Here is the trailer.  It would not give a way of the wealthy, tense drama at stake and tends extra to deal with the heat.  However you need to get a way of all of it, most particularly how extraordinarily well-crafted it’s.

By the way in which, this is a hyperlink to it on Amazon Prime, by clicking right here.  You may word that it has 4 stars — and a 7.8 ranking on iMDB.  On Rotten Tomatoes, the critic ranking is a excessive 74%…however the viewers ranking is 89%.  So I am not alone on this…

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