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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
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.
Fact-based First World War drama recalling the legendary ceasefire of Christmas 1914. A German opera singer's rendition of Silent Night inspires soldiers from both sides to clamber out of their trenches for a brief respite from the hostilities, to sing carols and play football in No Man's Land. Starring Benno Furmann, Diane Kruger, Ian Richardson, Daniel Bruhl, Gary Lewis, Guillaume Canet and Dany Boon. In French, German, English and Latin.
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English, German, French +subtitles
16 Dec 2005
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