Sunday, August 26, 2012

Declaration of War

Who would have thought a film about a couple dealing with their toddler's diagnosis of cancer and than basically having to live in the hospital during the treatment could be so sunny and uplifting?

Granted, it isn't all fun and games but it sure as hell isn't Rabbit Hole on the gut wrenching front. And while I'm not quite sure how much I liked the scenes where the main characters break into song in an Umbrellas of Cherbourg kind of way, they didn't ruin the movie for me or anything.

The film was written and directed by people who actually lived through this nightmare. I would love to see a documentary on the real story vs. how they decided to portray it on the screen. It is remarkable to see a movie that takes every parent's worst fears and turns it into such an unconventional love story. Sort of.

Directed by Jeremie Elkaim and Valerie Donzelli

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