Declaration of War 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… Declaration of War 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… 2012-01-27 PT100M Sundance Selects
Movie Review

Declaration Of War (2012)

DECLARATION OF WAR Cesar Desseix, Jeremie Elkaim, and Valerie Donzelli
DECLARATION OF WAR Cesar Desseix, Jeremie Elkaim, and Valerie Donzelli
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Jan 27, 2012; Length: 100 Minutes; 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 Jan 25, 2012 Published in issue #1192-1193 Feb 03, 2012 Order article reprints
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1.
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$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
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$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
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$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
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$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
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$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
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$4.5 3 $34.2 B
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