10:26:17 19 May, 2006 EST
A beautiful film. Cinematography is excellent and the casting is perfect.
I thought the romance was abit overdone though.
The soundtrack is the highlight; quite magnificent and can stand alone and shows just how evocative and poignant music can be in a movie.
I loved it and saw it three times.
09:06:31 19 Apr, 2006 EST
A good film, with wonderful phoney snow. The story is entertaining and challenging, but there are a few set pieces for characters and the story which probably didn't need to be done, as the story is good enough on its own.
"Joyeux Noel" has its share of bloodshed, especially in a deadly early charge, but the movie is about a respite from carnage, and it lacks the brutal details of films like "," "" and, from later wars, "" and "." Its sentimentality is muted by the thought that this moment of peace actually did take place, among men who were punished for it, and who mostly died soon enough afterward. But on one Christmas, they were able to express what has been called, perhaps too optimistically, the brotherhood of man.