Technically, Christmas is already over but I’m still in a festive mood and have one more gem to share with you. Merry Christmas is based on real historical events and was even nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in the category best foreign film!
It’s 1914. The first World War is already taking its toll. In the occupied part of France the Scots, the French and the German are facing each other. But on Christmas Eve the unexpected happens: A German opera singer who happens to be stationed there begins to sing a Christmas carol – and everybody joins in. For a few hours the three opposing powers negotiate a temporary truce that allows all of them to enjoy this day.
But not everybody is pleased to hear about “fraternization” with the enemy…
If you haven’t seen this movie already, go ahead and check it out immediately. To be honest, I hadn’t expected it to be so fascinating and touching.
I always love movies or books that are based on real history, so I was excited to watch this one. It’s pretty impressive how authentic the whole thing turned out! From the battlefield to the uniforms. What I really appreciate is that the film also features different languages: each party speaks their respective language (German, French and English). I’m glad that subtitles are used instead of just dubbing the whole thing in one language.
While some events surely were dramatized and exaggerated throughout the film, it still feels very realistic and therefore touching. I admit it, there were tears in my eyes several times.
While it is a very atmospheric movie in general, one of the best things about Merry Christmas is the music. It crawls under you skin and leaves goosebumps.
Topped of with the finest actors from all countries, Merry Christmas is a total success.
This is one of the few movies I can recommend without hesitation. It has much more to offer than you would expect and will certainly touch you. One of the best Christmas movies I saw in a long time!
Did you see Merry Christmas? Let me know in the comments what you think!