A young boy’s illness puts forth a multitude of dramatic challenges for his two parents. A true-to-life story based on the accounts of actress / director Valérie Donzelli. Official synopsis can be read as follows:

“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 (Jérémie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valérie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this 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 their ability to fight not only for the life of their child but for each other. Drawing on the real life experiences of Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkaïm and what they went through when their own son fell ill, the film will bring tears to your eyes and dazzle you with its contagious vitality.

A critical and box office hit at home, DECLARATION OF WAR is France’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2011 Academy Awards®. DECLARATION OF WAR, Donzelli’s second feature, firmly establishes her as one of France’s greatest new talents.”

Watch the trailer down at the bottom of the page!

Declaration of War (La Guerre est Déclarée)


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