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Cannes Takeover
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Declaration of War

La guerre est déclarée

Directed by Valérie Donzelli
France, 2011
  • French
  • English
Cannes Takeover


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.

Our take

Valerie Donzelli arrived on the French independent cinema scene as a sort of UFO with her low-budget eccentric and bubbly films. While her second feature (which stars as always her partner in crime Jeremie Elkaïm) tackles illness with emotional honesty, it still bursts with heart-warming vivacity.

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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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