Friday, March 03, 2006
Can You Hear Me Now?
Went tonight to see the French nominee for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, "Joyeux Noel."
It's a very touching war movie based on real events. During World War I, on Christmas Eve 1914 troops at various points along the front lines spontaneously agreed to a temporary cease-fire to commemorate Christmas.
In this film, soldiers in three sets of trenches just a few yards from each other -- French, British (actually Scottish) and German -- are so close they can hear singing and music from "the enemy's" camps.
The message in this movie is universally a soldier's desire is to just get home -- but often they find themselves pawns of powerful people far from the front lines (and out of any real danger).
Even though the events depicted took place nearly 100 years ago they remain timely in this unsettled time of ours.