What if they gave a war and no one came?
That’s one of many compelling questions asked in Christian Carion’s WWI drama Joyeux Noel, now celebrating its tenth birthday. The film is loosely based on the legendary Christmas Truce - the factual details of which are quite murky - between German and Allied troops on the morning of December 25, 1914. After weeks of merciless shelling, brutal combat and an ever growing number of rotting corpses, a visiting German opera singer (Diane Kruger - voiced by the great Natalie Dessay) serves as a catalyst for brotherhood. Inspired by her carols of peace and love, a small group of soldiers warily emerge from their trenches and invite their adversaries to join in a celebration of Christendom's most sacred day. As the men slowly gather under the bright moon of a midnight clear, the Great War is transformed into the Great Cocktail Party, as these sworn enemies casually mill about sharing food and drink, off color jokes, weepy remembrances and faded photos of home.