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Five French Titles for Your Christmas Movie Marathon

A Christmas film for the History buffs and the epic drama lovers.


Joyeux Noël (2005)



Joyeux Noël (2005)

Available for rent on most streaming platforms.


This epic drama is inspired by a true story, which took place during the Great War, on Christmas Eve 1914. When war breaks out in the summer of 1914, it catches millions of men off guard. And then… Christmas arrived, with its snow and its procession of gifts from families and the military.

But the main surprise doesn’t not come from the generous packages found all over the French, Scottish and German trenches. That evening, a considerable event is to change forever the destiny of four characters: a Scottish clergyman, a French lieutenant, a German tenor and a Danish soprano, "stars" of the time who, thanks to the Christmas night of 1914, find themselves at the heart of an unprecedented fraternization between German, French and British soldiers.


They will leave the rifle at the bottom of the trench to go and see the one opposite, shake his hand, exchange with him a cigarette and some chocolate, wish him "Merry Christmas!"


Why should it be part of your Christmas binge?


This deeply moving work transports you in the heart of WWI. This beautifully directed and acted drama fleshes out a singular piece of History and turns it into a memorable film. A five-star cast (Guillaume Canet, Diane Kruger).



A Christmas film for the family


Christmas & Co (2015)



Christmas & Co (2015)

Available for rent on most streaming platforms.


The pitch: All hell breaks loose as Christmas Eve approaches: the 92,000 elves in charge of crafting the children's presents all fall ill at the same time! It's a big blow for Santa, better known as Santa Claus... He has no choice: he must urgently travel to Earth with his reindeer to find a cure for his elves. When he arrives, he must find allies to help him save the magic of Christmas.


Why should it be part of your Christmas binge? Alain Chabat, a French comedy living legend, wrote, directed and acted in this light family film. If you’re not convinced yet, maybe knowing that Audrey Tautou, the face of Amelie, joyfully plays Santa’s wife, will change your mind? This festive movie is a a funny, touching, lively Christmas comedy with a touch of fantasy. If this flick doesn’t put a smile on your face from beginning to end, I don’t know what will!


Another Christmas film for the family


Santa Claus (2014)


Santa Claus (2014)

Available for rent on most streaming platforms.


What’s better than a family Christmas comedy? Two family Christmas comedies!


The pitch: One night, a burglar in a Santa Claus costume is surprised by Victor, a young boy who believes he is the real Santa Claus. Victor then follows him, and they embark on an unexpected adventure that will change their lives.


Why should it be part of your Christmas binge? Tahar Rahim, known for his much darker parts in The Mauritanian and The Serpent, leads this film with a communicative energy. Far from the silliness too often associated with the end of year celebrations, this film is a breath of fresh air carried by a magical duo.


A Christmas series for romcom fans


Christmas Flow (2021)



Available on Netflix.


The pitch: Famous rapper Marcus sued for his sexist lyrics, finds himself at Lila's house on New Year's Eve. On paper, nothing predestined the artist and the young woman, member of a collective of feminist journalists not really fans of his titles, to get along ... unless love gets involved

Why should it be part of your Christmas binge? Star singer Tayc forms a romantic duo with actress Shirine Boutella, the new star of Netflix’s Lupin. Their chemistry, mixed with gorgeous shots of Paris, a quirky sense of humor and a funny portrayal of the French hip-hop scene. The modern twist on well-known Christmas tales makes it an enjoyable Christmas watch. If you liked The Hookup Plan, you’ll love Christmas Flow!


A Christmas film for the French culture aficionados and the comedy buffs


Le Père Noël est une ordure (1982)


Le Père Noël est une ordure (1982)

Unfortunately, it looks like this film isn’t available for streaming in the United States! Which is a shame, given that this is The cult Christmas comedy. Led by an unforgettable cast (Le Splendid, also famous in France for French Fried Vacations 1,2 and 3), this goofy comedy is to die for. Watch it over and over, like the French do (at least ten lines from this film are part of our daily conversations).