Joyeux Noel (2005)
Bernard Le Coq: Le général Audebert
[the Lieutenant lights a lamp, revealing the General seated in a corner. The Lieutenant notices him, resigns himself]
General Audebert : How did you let yourself...
Lieutenant Audebert : If you came to preach, leave now!
General Audebert : Don't you realize the gravity of this? It's high treason! Punishable by death.
[the Lieutenant just looks at him for a moment, continues with his business]
General Audebert : Only we can't execture 200 men. That's all that saves you. Not counting all the other cases of fraternization reported since. If public opinion hears of this...
Lieutenant Audebert : Have no fear, no one here will tell.
General Audebert : I hope not! Who'd want to?
Lieutenant Audebert : Want to? The men involved feel no shame. If they won't tell, it's because no one would believe or understand.
General Audebert : I don't understand you. Carousing with the enemy while the country's partly occupied!
Lieutenant Audebert : The country? What does it know of what we suffer here? Of what we do without complaint? Let me tell you, I felt closer to the Germans than those who cry, "Kill the Krauts!" before their stuffed turkey!
General Audebert : You're talking nonsense.
Lieutenant Audebert : No, you're just not living the same war as me. Or as those on the other side.
General Audebert : You and your men will rejoin the Verdun sector. You're right about one thing. I don't understand this war. My corps was the cavalry. You should have made a career of it, like I said. Today, I'm asked to fight a way where the shovel outweighs the rifle. In which people swap addresses with the enemy to meet when it's all over. Plus the cat we found with a note from the Germans, "Good luck, comrades!" I was ordered to arrest the cat for high treason... until further notice.
[He turns to leave]
Lieutenant Audebert : You're a grandfather, Dad.
[the General stops and looks at him. The Lieutenant tries not to cry]
Lieutenant Audebert : His name is Henri.
[He grins through his tears]
General Audebert : What are you on about? How do you know that?
Lieutenant Audebert : You wouldn't understand.
General Audebert : Henri? Not bad. Henri Audebert. Let's try and survive this war for him.