Declaration of War (2012)
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The opening night film at this year's Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival, this exuberant and deeply moving film follows a new couple, Romeo (Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their new born child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront the ordeal together as a form of warfare. Donzelli infuses the story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music and heartbreaking
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True to its title, "Declaration of War" is a visceral, forthright visit to the front lines of battle, where superhuman courage is called for as life-or-death skirmishes turn into a long slog of survival.
The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but "Declaration of War" is alternative therapy that really works.
The subject matter is as serious as can be, yet the style is vibrant, energetic and engaging -- often tense, but without a trace of woe-is-me.
"Declaration of War" movingly chronicles a unique and terrible fight: that of two parents against the cancer that has invaded the brain of their 18-month-old son.
As ponderous and overwrought as a film hogged by a couple of young hipsters named Roméo and Juliette can be.
The film may even be too upbeat, especially the ending, which is too easy and contrived. Yet there's real emotion here...
Touching, balanced and honest, the film imparts a life-affirming message about endurance, love and life's sudden gear shifts.
Donzelli's film is an incredibly brave one, given its subject matter and biographical nature, and is presented in a creative yet digestible way.
The underlying drama holds the film together even when self indulgence and the rawness of inexperience weakens the film
Horror movies excepted, it's the rare film that suggests the presence of a child doesn't Make Everything Better, as if by magic.
... feels like a parody of any number of light French comedies, one in which the most important point is that the central characters remain beautiful (and surrounded by charming and attractive friends) ...
...the most unique 'child with cancer' movie in the history of cinema. This is an audacious film, with obvious roots in the French New Wave, particularly Godard
You can sense the deep investment Donzelli and Elkaïm have in what they're doing, which isn't something you get at the movies every day.
Taken as an assault against self-pity and sentimentality, this War puts up an involving, and ultimately thought-provoking, fight.
For all its narrative flourishes, what makes "Declaration" feel special is the intimacy and honesty of its depiction of good people leaning on each other as they try to hold it together.
Exhilarating ... a very, very good chronicle of something that can happen to anyone, and how to steer a ship when there's no turning back.
The personal weight of the story is abundant but as the title infers, Donzelli's film is not an ode to anguished soul-searching in the face of that most blunt notice of mortality.
Audience Reviews for Declaration of War
- Juliette: I'm afraid he'll go blind.
- Romeo: If he can go blind, he can go deaf.
- Juliette: I'm afraid he'll go blind and deaf.
- Romeo: I'm afraid he'll go blind, deaf and mute.
- Juliette: I'm afraid he'll go blind, deaf, mute and a dwarf.
- Romeo: I'm afraid he'll go blind, deaf, mute, a dwarf, and queer
- Juliette: Or blind, deaf, mute, a dwarf, queer, and black.
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