Declaration of War
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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 performances that results in a film about a contemporary couple who surprises even themselves with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
""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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The raddest Lifetime movie you'll ever see."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"The underlying drama holds the film together even when self indulgence and the rawness of inexperience weakens the film"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"... 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) ..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"As ponderous and overwrought as a film hogged by a couple of young hipsters named Roméo and Juliette can be."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Touching, balanced and honest, the film imparts a life-affirming message about endurance, love and life's sudden gear shifts."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Horror movies excepted, it's the rare film that suggests the presence of a child doesn't Make Everything Better, as if by magic."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"...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"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film may even be too upbeat, especially the ending, which is too easy and contrived. Yet there's real emotion here..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Donzelli's film is an incredibly brave one, given its subject matter and biographical nature, and is presented in a creative yet digestible way."
‑ Ed Gibbs, Empire Magazine Australasia
"The hippest kid-with-cancer movie you'll ever see."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"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."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
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