Silent Night

September 19th, 2009

Silent Night is an excellent war drama with great acting of Linda Hamilton (playing Elisabeth Vincken) and Matthew Harbour playing her young 10 year old son Fritz Vincken. It is set in west Germany on Christmas Eve 1944, when Elisabeth took her son deep behind American front line to their family cabin somewhere in Ardennes forest to protect him against a continuous war. She intended to wait there in peace till the end of the war and wait who actually wins it. Would it be a Nazi Germany as Adolf Hitler is promising every day or American forces endlessly marching deep into the German homeland? However, her dream of peaceful Christmas disappeared when three American soldiers entered the cabin to harbor their wounded mate. Elisabeth doesn't agree with soldiers inside the house. She doesn't want her son to see any reminders of war and be involved in this. Both, Elisabeth and Fritz are fighting with their oath to the fatherland and helping enemy at the same time. However, she agrees to help them if they leave their weapons outside. The soldiers agree and soon help with the household. The young boy is shy and suspicious at first, but the soldiers find their way to his soul and he soon realizes that they are nice, friendly people unlike the German propaganda was trumpeting to Germans everyday. Since Fritz's father died in eastern front somewhere in Russia the soldiers quickly became his male role models and he accepted them with appreciation. You could even see in his eyes that he loves them.

Suddenly, three German soldiers appear at the door and Americans have to deal with the situation of having their weapons in the cellar and the enemy in the house. During this part of the movie you could feel that a fear entered the house. The boy became silent again and scared of soldiers of his own country. Such a terrible regime governed their fatherland! From now you would experience an incredible masterpiece, true story of one night in 1944. All three American and three German soldiers are forced by Elisabeth to deal with each other, to confront the reality of the war and personal courage, hopes, beliefs and duty. They met each other as deep sworn enemies and left the cabin as friends.

This movie is one of my favorite war movies. You won't see a single shot in it, but you would feel incredible tensions and fear of war and having enemies in your house. You never know who will lose his temper and the fight starts immediately.
And Fritz? He is telling us the story and when you see him, you realize how important it is to keep our children safe and happy. They deserve it the most.

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Rating: ★★★★★ 


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