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Movie: Joyeux Noel

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by shodan, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. shodan

    shodan Member
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    Mar 19, 2005
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    JOYEUX NOEL,made by a French movie company, is the story of the Christmas truce. 116 minutes. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I6BJ56/?tag=baptis04-20

    Note: Not 'child safe' One 'mild' bedroom scene makes the movie 'R' rated in my book. But there is no profanity nor gross violence.

    Two years ago, my son [college grad] and I watched this while we were snowed in for three days at Christmas. This is the story of the Christmas truce of WWI. Exceptionally well-done, it follows the historical event very welll. Of course, there is always the made up story-line of any movie.

    One of the resources available for the producers was the letters which soldiers wrote to home describing the events. I included several of the letters in my book, Oh Holy NIght: The Peace of 1914, http://tinyurl.com/7qomzzt which reflects on the truce in the light of the Gospel.

    Joyeux Noel may move you to tears. There are excellent clips from it on Youtube and I am amazed how this story has moved many young folks. One of the clips has over three hundred thousand views and hundreds of comments. There are other clips shown there, too.
  2. Melanie

    Melanie Active Member
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    I loved the movie!!!! It is very moving and highlights the stupidity of war.The consequences of the fraternisation was very believable also.

    Whilst it did not happen in Gallipoli, my grandfather said there would be ceasefires so both sides could retrieve their dead, and Johnny Turk and the ANZACS could and did swap cigarettes. Other than that language was the major constraint on both sides. Grandpop also regarded the Turk as an honourable enemy.....this was before the dehumanisation of the enemy became the norm in fighting. I guess the Turk was not so different to the allies as far as what constituted cultural values as well.

    Grandpop lost the use of his right arm due to a Turkish bullet, and he said he hoped the Turkish government looked after their soldiers as well as he had been by the Australian government.