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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 (Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their new born child is very ill. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront the 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. The result is a film that will bring tears to your eyes but will dazzle you with its contagious vitality for life. DECLARATION OF WAR draws on the real life experiences of Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkaim and what they went through when their own son fell ill.
One of the most powerful movies I've ever seen. An important movie that may help the audience have empathy for families going through similar challenges.
St. Louis Member
As in war there are many casualties even for the victorious. No matter how united the allies and no matter how well people try to cope with the emotional stress at such a senseless enemy, it can destroy relationships of all kinds and wound our hearts in irreparable ways. Ironically, the battle was precipitated by intense loving relationship of parents for their child.
St. Louis Member
This movie displays all levels of emotion a serious illness brings to the family involved. The strain of the unknown and how it impacts a relationship is revealed in every level. It's an example of raw emotional stress and strain put on a very young relationship. It reveals that wars are not always fought on battlefields.