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

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$46,225 (USA) (9 March 2012)
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The film takes its inspiration from what actually happened to Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm, whose child fell seriously ill. See more »

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"Emotionally moving and life-affirming love-story..."
12 April 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

French actress, screenwriter and director Valérie Donzelli's second feature film which she co-wrote with her co-star Jérémie Elkaïm, is inspired by their own personal experiences and is a French production which was shot on various locations in France. The film was produced by Edouard Weil, premiered at the opening night of the International Critic's Week at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and was the French submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. It tells the story about Romeo and Juliette who after meeting at a nightclub in Paris, France falls in love and starts a promising relationship. Juliette becomes pregnant, gives birth to their son who is named Adam and their prospects seems very good, but when Adam becomes ill and is taken to a doctor who discovers a tumor in his brain, their lives are transformed and they are faced with an unpredictable and uncontrollable situation.

Acutely and engagingly directed by Valérie Donzelli, this well-paced, compassionately narrated and deeply humane tale which is set in Paris, France 2003, draws an inventive portrayal of a young Parisian couple who when confronted with a devastating predicament decides to remain strong and battle it out in their own remarkable way. While notable for it's naturalistic urban milieu depictions, the fine cinematography by cinematographer and actor Sébastien Buchmann, the quick-witted dialog and the brilliant score which emphasizes the films poignant atmosphere, this character-driven and dialog-driven comedy-drama depicts two intertwining in-depth studies of character and examines themes like interpersonal relations, parenting, cancer, love and human courage.

This somewhat adventurous, charmingly romantic and at times musical-like independent film, is impelled and reinforced by the heartfelt and involving acting performances by second-time filmmaker Valérie Donzelli, French actor Jérémie Elkhaïm and the fine supporting acting performances by French actor Frédéric Pierrot and César Desseix in his first feature film role. An emotionally moving and life-affirming love-story which gained, among other awards, the award for Best Actor Jérémie Elkaïm, Best Actress Valérie Donzelli and Best Film at the Gijón International Film Festival in 2011.


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