|Directed by||Christian Carion|
|Produced by||Christophe Rossignon
|Written by||Christian Carion|
|Music by||Philippe Rombi|
|Cinematography||Walther van den Ende|
|Editing by||Judith Rivière Kawa
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics
|Running time||116 minutes|
Joyeux Noël (English: Merry Christmas) is a 2005 French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. It was written and directed by Christian Carion. It was screened out of competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
- Diane Kruger (singing voice: Natalie Dessay) as Anna Sørensen (Danish soprano, Sprink's lover)
- Benno Fürmann (singing voice: Rolando Villazón) as Private Nikolaus Sprink (German tenor)
- Guillaume Canet as Lieutenant Audebert (French 26th Infantry Regiment)
- Gary Lewis as Father Palmer (Scottish Roman Catholic priest and stretcher-bearer)
- Alex Ferns as Lieutenant Gordon (Scots Fusiliers)
- Dany Boon as Private Ponchel (Audebert's batman)
- Daniel Brühl as Leutnant (Lieutenant) Horstmayer (German 93rd Infantry Regiment)
- Christian Carion as British Medical Orderly
- Christopher Fulford as Royal Scots Fusiliers Major
- Mathias Herrmann as German Officer at Headquarters
- Neil McNulty as Scottish Soldier
- Lucas Belvaux as Gueusselin
- Steven Robertson as Jonathan
- Bernard Le Coq as Général
- Ian Richardson as the Bishop
Stephen Holden, film critic for The New York Times, liked the motion picture and called it a "visually sweeping film," and believed the drama's anti-war sentiments were high-minded. He wrote, "If the film's sentiments about the madness of war are impeccably high-minded, why then does Joyeux Noël ...feel as squishy and vague as a handsome greeting card declaring peace on earth? Maybe it's because the kind of wars being fought in the 21st century involve religious, ideological and economic differences that go much deeper and feel more resistant to resolution than the European territorial disputes and power struggles that precipitated World War I... Another reason is that the movie's cross-section of soldiers from France, Scotland and Germany are so scrupulously depicted as equal-opportunity peacemakers that they never come fully to life as individuals."
Critic Roger Ebert also wrote about the sentimentality of the film, "Joyeux Noël 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 Paths of Glory ...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."
The 2011 opera Silent Night is based on the screenplay of the movie.
- "Ave Maria", performed by Natalie Dessay, The London Symphony Orchestra.
- "Bist du bei mir", performed by Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazón.
- "I'm Dreaming of Home", performed by Griogair Lawrie, David Bruce, Ivan McDonald and Calum Anthony Beaton (Bagpipe Ensemble)
- "The Braes of Killiecrankie", traditional.
- "Piobaireachid dhomhnail dhuibh", traditional.
- "Silent Night"
- "Adeste Fideles", traditional, performed by Rolando Villazón (vocals), Griogair Lawrie (bagpipes).
- "Auld Lang Syne", Scottish traditional.
- "L'Hymne des Fraternisés/I'm Dreaming of Home", performed by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, Natalie Dessay, The London Symphony Orchestra.
- Leeds International Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Feature, Christian Carion; 2005.
- Valladolid International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Christian Carion; 2005.
- Academy Awards: Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, France; 2006.
- Golden Globes: Golden Globe, Best Foreign Language Film, France; 2006.
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA Film Award, Best Film not in the English Language, Christophe Rossignon and Christian Carion; 2006.
- César Awards, France: César, Best Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes), Alison Forbes-Meyler; Best Film (Meilleur film), Christian Carion; Best Music Written for a Film (Meilleure musique), Philippe Rombi; Best Production Design (Meilleurs décors), Jean-Michel Simonet; Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin), Dany Boon; Best Writing - Original (Meilleur scénario original), Christian Carion; 2006.
- "Joyeux Noël (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- "Joyeux Noël (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
- "Festival de Cannes: Joyeux Noël". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
- Holden Stephen. The New York Times, film review, "A Christmas Truce Forged by Germans, French and Scots," March 3, 2006. Last accessed: February 9, 2011.
- Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times, film review, March 10, 2006.
- Ebert, Roger (2006-03-10). "Failure to Launch". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 11, 2009. ""Failure to Launch" is rated PG-13 and "Joyeux Noel," about enemy soldiers in World War I celebrating Christmas together, is rated R. I mention that as additional evidence that the MPAA ratings people have cut loose from sanity and are thrashing about at random."
- Official website
- Joyeux Noël at the Internet Movie Database
- Merry Christmas at AllMovie
- Joyeux Noël at Box Office Mojo
- Joyeux Noël at Metacritic
- Joyeux Noël at Rotten Tomatoes
- Joyeux Noël film review at European-films.net
- Construction of a monument in France (French)