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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

cast: Guillaume Canet, Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon, Daniel Brühl, Lucas Belvaux, Bernard Le Coq, Alex Ferns, Christopher Fulford

year: 2005

colour: no


director: Christian Carion

runtime: 116

The film for the most part is set in a small area of trench occupied by French and Scottish soldiers on one side, and Germans on the other, no more than 50 metres apart. Among the soldiers are renowned German tenor Nikolaus Sprink (Fürmann), who was drafted as a private and is at odds with his officer, Horstmayer (Brühl), French lieutenant Audebert (Canet), son of the area's major general, and Scottish priest Palmer (Lewis). It's business as usual for them - attacks, counter-attacks, muddy degradation - until Christmas comes around, when Sprink's lover and fellow singer Anna Sörensen (Kruger) performs for the Kronprinz (Schmauser) near the front. Sprink then insists he has to go and sing for the troops too. Anna accompanies him back to the trenches. Year of release in the UK: 2005


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