Declaration of War
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This exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo (Jérémie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valérie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. Drawing on the real life experiences of Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkaïm and what they went through when their own son fell ill, the film will bring tears to your eyes and dazzle you with its contagious vitality.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 42
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: For all its quirks and tangents, "Declaration of War" feels entirely alive. This story of two people who transform fear into action is inspiring.
Fresh: An unexpectedly upbeat autobiographical drama made with French New Wave pizzazz about a young boy with brain cancer and the parents who pull together to fight for him.
Fresh: A vibrant and heartfelt French film that captures the mood and the memories of young parents who found themselves in the trenches fighting for the life of their child.
Fresh: "Declaration of War" still is a profoundly affecting family drama, no matter how much artifice Donzelli piles on top of it.
A good film
Something that happens everywhere and everyday... Nothing so special...