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Irreplaceable (2016)

Médecin de campagne (original title)
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After a doctor is diagnosed with cancer, a new doctor joins him to help him treat his rural patients.


Thomas Lilti


Thomas Lilti (screenplay), Baya Kasmi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Jean-Pierre Werner
Marianne Denicourt ... Nathalie Delezia
Christophe Odent ... Le docteur Michel Norès
Patrick Descamps ... Francis Maroini
Guy Faucher Guy Faucher ... Monsieur Sorlin
Margaux Fabre Margaux Fabre ... Ninon
Julien Lucas Julien Lucas ... Le fiancé de Ninon
Yohann Goetzmann Yohann Goetzmann ... Alexis
Josée Laprun Josée Laprun ... La mère d'Alexis
Philippe Bertin Philippe Bertin ... Guy
Géraldine Schitter Géraldine Schitter ... Fanny
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Madame veuve Werner - la mère de Jean-Pierre
Félix Moati Félix Moati ... Vincent Werner
Sylvie Lachat Sylvie Lachat ... La patiente dépressive
Régis Iacono Régis Iacono ... Le patient diabétique
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Filmmaker Thomas Lilti is also a doctor and began to do short movies at the same time he studied medicine. See more »


References The Pink Panther (1963) See more »


Wild is the Wind
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Nina Simone
(Philips Records 1966)
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A warm-hearted romantic drama set in a beautiful French village
12 April 2017 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

To urban eyes, the rural doctor stereotype is a walking museum of what village medicine used to look like in bygone days. French filmmakers excel in portraying this endangered species and they have done so yet again in the delightful character-rich film The Country Doctor (2016) (Médecin de campagne). To enhance our sense of the fading rural life, the story is framed around a doctor whose own time is fading as the irreplaceable linchpin of his village community.

Made by medic-turned-director Thomas Lilti, the plot is best described as a series of insightful vignettes of rural medicine practised the old-fashioned way. The greatly admired Dr Jean-Pierre (François Cluzet) has been caring for the village most of his life and now learns that he has a life- threatening tumour. Ordered to slow down for treatment, medical authorities send an assistant doctor, Nathalie Delezia (Marianne Denicourt) who quickly proves unnervingly competent and willing to lighten his load. Predictably, Jean-Pierre does not take well to losing his role as sole-carer for the village and mischievously makes things difficult for her. He sends her into farms and homes with known annoyances to discourage her from staying, but when she proves her worth in medical emergencies he is forced to accept her help. As his prognosis worsens, the growing respect between them becomes noticeably warmer as they both confront an uncertain future.

In many respects, this story is a predictable cluster of clichés made attractive by a picturesque rural setting captured perfectly with camera-work sympathetic to its natural beauty. Like in many countries, a rural doctor's life is a public script of farmyard and roadside accidents, comforting home visits, and a surgery full of patiently waiting regulars with ailments both serious and small. The village community adores their doctor and the doctor in turn is a caring father to all. But this is a film where the simple plot and its constructions are less important than its characterisations. François Cluzet is France's version of Dustin Hoffman, an actor who radiates open warmth, compassion and understanding. His almost musical face can express emotion with a single note consisting of a slight raising of an eyelid, or a wry turn of a lip that hints of a smile, or a faintly furrowed brow that speaks concern. Marianne Denicourt is perfectly cast as the late blooming nurse turned doctor, whose big eyes converse at first hesitantly then warmly with the reluctant senior medic. While the plot may be clichéd, their relationship has none of the conventional hallmarks of romance. Indeed, it is only in the final minutes that we sense their comfort in one another's presence.

This is a fine example of classic French romantic drama. It is totally driven by characterisation that is earthy, understated and open-hearted with a rich rural aesthetic that evokes the mutual dependencies that are typical amongst country people. It speaks of the unstated and unseen organic wholeness of community that is rare in urban life. It is also a film where most viewers leave with an unmistakable smile.

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Release Date:

23 March 2016 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chaussy, Val-d'Oise, France See more »


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$1,443, 5 February 2017

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