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Declaration of War (2011)
"La guerre est déclarée" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  31 August 2011 (France)
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When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Juliette
Jérémie Elkaïm ...
Roméo Benaïm
César Desseix ...
Adam Benaïm à 18 mois
Gabriel Elkaïm ...
Adam Benaïm à 8 ans
Brigitte Sy ...
Claudia Benaïm - la mère de Roméo
Elina Löwensohn ...
Alex - la compagne de Claudia
Michèle Moretti ...
Geneviève - la mère de Juliette
Philippe Laudenbach ...
Philippe - le père de Juliette
Bastien Bouillon ...
Nikos
Béatrice de Staël ...
Le docteur Ghislaine Prat - la pédiatre
Anne Le Ny ...
Le docteur Fitoussi - la neuropédiatre
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Le professeur Sainte-Rose
Elisabeth Dion ...
Le docteur Kalifa - de l'IGR
Pauline Gaillard ...
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Philippe Barassat ...
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Roméo and Juliette are two young actors. They fall in love at first sight, move in together and make a baby. A love story and the founding of a home like millions of others. Except that their little boy, Adam, behaves abnormally. The young parents try hard to persuade themselves that everything is okay but, with the passing of time, they cannot delude themselves anymore : their son has problem. Their fears are unfortunately confirmed : Adam suffers from a malignant brain tumor. From now on, war is declared. A war against illness. A war against Death. A war against despair. Written by Guy Bellinger

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31 August 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La guerre est déclarée  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,791 (USA) (27 January 2012)

Gross:

$46,225 (USA) (9 March 2012)
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The hospital scenes are played both by professional players and real-life hospital staff. See more »

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Features Liquid Crystals (1978) See more »

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Une vie de papa
Written and performed by Sebastien Tellier
From album "L'incroyable vérité"
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This film is better than you might expect-a wonder of intimacy
29 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in a nearly completely empty theater on a Saturday night! Not good when you consider that there is so little else going on in the artistic desert of America. I just love the fact that this film is so intimate, so close yet the viewer is not left with a feeling of voyeurism. Rather it is a story of despair, hope, and almost surreal disconnections. The actors are the kind of people you know in advance. They are from a very naturalistic acting school that has a feeling of realism and joy that is affecting and not over done. The story is difficult to watch, but somehow drives along. I am sure an American company will re-make this and I am sure I will skip it. It is not that the French do this type of movie so well. It is that these actors are so much more interesting than the current crop of American standard bearers. I recommend this, but hurry, before it disappears.


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