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Happy Christmas (Joyeux Noel)

Irish Film Institute

”Love means never having to say you’re sorry”

Love Story

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When war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army presents. But the surprise won't come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish, and German trenches. That night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: an Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, an exceptional German tenor and the one he loves, a soprano and singing partner. During this Christmas Eve, the unthinkable happens: soldiers come out of their trenches, leaving their rifles behind to shake hands with the enemy.

12A CertificateFilms classified 12A have been deemed appropriate for viewers of twelve and over. However, they can also be seen by younger children - provided they are accompanied by an adult who has deemed the film appropriate viewing for that child. In such cases, IFCO strongly recommends that parents/guardians make informed decisions by accessing the consumer advice available on this website.
Contains moderate battle violence, sex, and one use of strong language
116 min
Drama Romance
Christian Carion
Christophe Rossignon
Christian Carion
Gary Lewis, Guillaume Canet, Dany Boon, Benno Furmann, Diane Kruger
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