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Declaration Of War

DECLARATION OF WAR Cesar Desseix, Jeremie Elkaim, and Valerie Donzelli

DECLARATION OF WAR Cesar Desseix, Jeremie Elkaim, and Valerie Donzelli

B

Declaration of War

Runtime (in minutes): 100; Distributor: Sundance Selects

Valée Donzelli directs and stars in 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. Donzelli knows her stuff: She’s the real mother, and Jérémie Elkaïm is the boy’s real father (and Donzelli’s co-writer). An adventurous song selection and stylish narrative techniques put a strangely romantic face on a harrowing story that’s a parental nightmare. Adding to the romance: Donzelli and Elkaïm are madly attractive. B

Originally posted January 27 2012 — 12:00 AM EST

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