By Rev. John-Brian Paprock
Originally published in the 2010 Holiday Worship Guide
Capitol Newspapers - The Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday, December 19, 2010
“Babette’s Feast” (Danish/French – G 1987)
“Children of Men” (R - 2006)
The story of a future without hope or children, but then hope arrives in the form of a child. This film is on several Top 100 science fiction movies lists.
“Fourth Wise Man” (G – 1985)
An excellent 1985 made-for-TV movie about a magi (Martin Sheen) who misses the opportunity to travel with the three kings following the star to Bethlehem. He decides to travel on his own, learning spiritual lessons along the way.
“Joyuex Noel” (French/English/German - PG13 2006)
Scots, French and German soldiers share a spontaneous Christmas truce at the Western Front of World War I. Peace in the midst of war is hard to maintain. Nominated for best foreign picture at the 2006 Academy Awards.
“A Midnight Clear” (R 1992)
Toward the end of World War II, Will Knott leads a decimated American squad sets up an advance reconnaissance station in a French chalet only to find Germans camped out across the road. A plan to share Christmas doesn’t turn out the way it was planned. A very good film, well written and acted, that is just a notch below Joyuex Noel.