Declaration of War

Rated NR 100 minutes 2011

Both in front of and behind the camera, director Valérie Donzelli and her co-writer, Jérémie Elkaïm, are the parents of a son with cancer. It’s almost a disservice to call this art imitating life, but perhaps it provided some much-needed therapy for the entire family. In the film, they play Juliette and—naturally—Romeo, which would be a bit of an albatross if the tale wasn’t so gripping, so human, and so humanely portrayed. Some viewers may latch on to those names as too convenient, and some of the film’s other elements could be considered hammy for the sake of added drama, but there’s no denying the hearts-on-their-sleeves approach of Donzelli and Elkaïm’s sad but touching achievement.

Film Credits

Director: Valérie Donzelli

Producer: Edouard Weil

Cast: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, Brigitte Sy, Elina Lowensohn, Michèle Moretti, Philippe Laudenbach, Anne Le Ny, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm, Bastien Bouillon, Béatrice De Staël, Elisabeth Dion and Frédéric Pierrot


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