Merry Christmas

  • 12
  • Christian Carion (2005)
  • Fr / Ger / UK / Bel / Rom (SUB)
  • 111 min
Merry Christmas
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Writer/director Christian Carion's First World War drama is a touching seasonal tale of camaraderie and common sense in the midst of carnage and military madness. Carion bases his story on the now legendary ceasefire of Christmas 1914, when frontline French, German and Scottish troops spontaneously fraternised in the no man's land between their trenches, sang carols and played football. Here, the catalyst for this brief respite from hostilities is German opera singer Nikolaus Sprink (Benno Fürmann), who gives a rendition of Silent Night for his visiting girlfriend (Diane Kruger). The film boasts glossy production values, and there's some decent stiff-upper-lip acting from an international cast (including Gary Lewis and Ian Richardson), the members of which are generally allowed to speak their own languages. But some may feel that Carion is guilty of ladling on the sentimentality, particularly in the latter stages.

Plot Summary

First World War drama starring Diane Kruger and Benno Fürmann, which tells the true story of a spontaneous Christmas ceasefire in 1914 that saw frontline troops taking a pause from the carnage to fraternise and play football in no man's land.

Cast and crew

Cast

Anna Sörensen
Diane Kruger
Nikolaus Sprink
Benno Fürmann
Audebert
Guillaume Canet
Palmer
Gary Lewis
Ponchel
Dany Boon
Horstmayer
Daniel Brühl
Gordon
Alex Ferns
Jonathan
Steven Robertson
Bishop
Ian Richardson
Scottish soldier
Tom Duncan
Guimond
Marc Robert

Crew

Director
Christian Carion

Other Information

Language: 
English, German, French +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Available on DVD
Released 16 Dec 2005
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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