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3.7
894 Ratings

Declaration of War

La guerre est déclarée

Directed by Valérie Donzelli
France, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the face of adversity and in the fight for his survival, declaring war on the enemy of their happiness.

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Declaration of War Directed by Valérie Donzelli

Critics reviews

What could have been a wrenching family tear-jerker, in which a young couple discovers that their infant son is dangerously ill, becomes a bittersweet tragicomedy in the classic French style, suggestive of Jacques Demy, Christophe Honoré or François Ozon.
January 27, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • Memphyt's rating of the film Declaration of War

    Pour moi, c'est la révélation de l'année 2011 dans le cinéma français. Et dans se que j'ai vu de cette année, il passe juste après Melancholia Le seul film, après "la Vie est belle", qui m'a fait pleurer... Ce film est tellement humain, tellement beau... Que ce soit les personnages, le sujet, leur combat, les plans, le montage, les musiques... Tout est magnifiquement bien fait. A voir absolument !!!

  • Aaken's rating of the film Declaration of War

    A very touching film based on the lead actors' life experience (they were a couple in real and also had a child who had cancer) It avoids the melodramatic clichés and sentimentality that usually plague the subject - it is a French film after all... Bittersweet and moving.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Declaration of War

    PORTRAIT of A COUPLE. ==== Après La Reine des Pommes, Jeremie ELKAiM & Valerie DONZELLI nous surprennent et nous ravissent une nouvelle fois. ==== After the Queen of Hearts, Jeremie ELKAiM & Valerie DONZELLI surprise & ravish us once more. 3,5/5

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Declaration of War

    Is it possible to make an uplifting film about a child with cancer? Yes. Donzelli crafts a positive and life affirming tale of strength in the face of massive obstacles. It's mature, moving and uses energetic skits to join longer sections together that otherwise may have been too heavy. Apparently a mix of Canon Digital and 35mm it also has one of the best opening sections I've seen in a while too. 4 stars

  • Spoiler's rating of the film Declaration of War

    Sabíamos, desde seu primeiro filme, LA REINE DES POMMES, que a atriz/cineasta gostava de Eric Rohmer. Sabemos agora que ela também gosta de François Truffaut com sua narração elegante em voz off e algumas notas do compositor Georges Delerue… São referências esparsas ao longo de um filme com tantos (a)tributos gourmet para um cinéfilo apaixonado.

  • Michael Rozek's rating of the film Declaration of War

    Constantly adroit editing and a briskly paced script of episodic bursts avoid all the usual cliches of a story in which a couple rigorously faces their very young son's cancer. A French film to its soul, one that could've never been made the same way anywhere else in the world. Donzelli and Elkaim are totally apt leads; Donzelli's filmmaking, with deceptively simple formal depth, is that of a true auteur's.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Declaration of War

    Une réalisation plutôt nerveuse et rythmée qui adhère parfaitement à la fébrilité anxieuse des parents assaillis par un drame incompréhensible et choquant. Une évidente sincérité, une émouvante tonalité en partie autobiographique et la prouesse d'avoir évité les trémolos du mélodrame facile ainsi que les grandiloquents accents lelouchiens. www.cinefiches.com

  • DarthVader's rating of the film Declaration of War

    Roméo ve Juliette evlenip, Adam adındaki bebekleri kanser olsa ne olurdu? Bir başka yönetmenin elinde rahatlıkla ağır bir drama dönecek yapıt, umudu elden bırakmadan ebeveyn olmanın sorumluluğunu işlemiş. Filmin finalindeki neden sonuç ilişkisinin yetersizliğinden dolayı bir yıldızını azalttım.

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