Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 27, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Declaration of War

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/27/12
distributor
Sundance Selects

We gave it a B

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

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