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La guerre est déclarée (2011)

Not Rated | | 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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Valérie Donzelli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valérie Donzelli ... Juliette
Jérémie Elkaïm ... Roméo Benaïm
César Desseix César Desseix ... Adam Benaïm à 18 mois
Gabriel Elkaïm Gabriel Elkaïm ... Adam Benaïm à 8 ans
Brigitte Sy ... Claudia Benaïm - la mère de Roméo
Elina Löwensohn ... Alex - la compagne de Claudia
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Geneviève - la mère de Juliette
Philippe Laudenbach ... Philippe - le père de Juliette
Bastien Bouillon Bastien Bouillon ... Nikos
Béatrice de Staël Béatrice de Staël ... Le docteur Ghislaine Prat - la pédiatre
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... Le docteur Fitoussi - la neuropédiatre
Frédéric Pierrot ... Le professeur Sainte-Rose
Elisabeth Dion Elisabeth Dion ... Le docteur Kalifa de l'IGR
Pauline Gaillard Pauline Gaillard ... Un narrateur (voice)
Philippe Barassat Philippe Barassat ... Un narrateur (voice)
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Storyline

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 a 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 August 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Declaración de guerra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,791, 29 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,225, 11 March 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes its inspiration from what actually happened to Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm, whose child fell seriously ill. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits start with: "Pour Gabriel" (For Gabriel) and "Pour les médicins, les infirmières et l'hôpital public" (For the doctors, the nurses and the public hospital). See more »

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References The Jungle Book (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Four Seasons Concerto No. 4 in F minor RV 297, L'inverno (Winter)
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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This film is better than you might expect-a wonder of intimacy
29 January 2012 | by zkenSee 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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