Declaration of War (La guerre est declaree)


100 min. minutes | Rated NR

Valérie Donzelli, who costars with cowriter Jérémie Elkaïm, based this story of young parents whose infant has a brain tumor on her and Elkaïm’s own experience. Despite its dramatic touches, the film is essentially a re-creation of the hospital visits, emotional breakdowns, and coping mechanisms the two actors actually endured. And its deviation from the dour manner in which characters in such a predicament are typically depicted is a blast of fresh air. Declaration of War is never mopey—instead, it’s softly funny, surprisingly energetic, and occasionally hysterical. (MARJORIE SKINNER)

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Film Credits
Valérie Donzelli
Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm, Brigitte Sy, Elina Löwensohn, Michèle Moretti, Philippe Laudenbach, Baptiste Bouillon, Bastien Bouillon