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MERRY CHRISTMAS Review - Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger Christian Carion

JOYEUX NOËL / MERRY CHRISTMAS (2005)

Direction and screenplay: Christian Carion

Cast: Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Benno Fürmann, Diane Kruger, Alex Ferns, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon, Lucas Belvaux, Steven Robertson, Ian Richardson, Michel Serrault, Suzanne Flon

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Daniel Bruhl, Guillaume Canet, Alex Ferns, Merry Christmas
Alex Ferns, Daniel Brühl, Guillaume Canet, Merry Christmas

Inspired by an actual World War I ceasefire that took place around Christmastime 1914, director-screenwriter Christian Carion's Merry Christmas is a tad more conventional and old-fashioned than it should have been. The film even features a troop idiot akin to those of countless other war movies as (unfunny) comic relief.

Compounding matters, most of the performances are disappointingly below par, the chief exceptions being Guillaume Canet's French officer and Steven Robertson as a low-key Scot whose very essence is destroyed by what he experiences in the trenches.

Yet, despite its not inconsiderable flaws Merry Christmas is a mostly effective – and ever timely – anti-war statement that celebrates the human capacity for empathy and forgiveness while attacking the human propensity to call for and to commit the wholesale slaughter of other human beings in the name of god, country, flag, and/or freedom.

Note: A version of this Merry Christmas review was initially posted in November 2005.

Photo: J. C. Lother / Nord Ouest Production

1 Academy Award Nomination

Best Foreign Language Film

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2 Comments to MERRY CHRISTMAS Review - Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger Christian Carion

  1. Sherri

    This is an excellent film, and I think everyone should see it once, I completely agree with the last commenter - it should have won an Oscar!

  2. anneke

    This was a great film. It should have won the Oscar.




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