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Declaration of War Coarse language
Director: Valérie Donzelli
Cast: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm, Michèle Moretti, Béatrice de Staël
Duration: 100 mins
Language: French with English subtitles
Rating: M - Coarse language
Release Date: 31 May, 2012

Based on real-life events experienced by filmmaker Valérie Donzelli and co-star/writer Jérémie Elkaïm, DECLARATION OF WAR tells the powerful story of a young Parisian couple suddenly dragged from their carefree existence by an unexpected twist of fate, and their against-the-odds determination to defy it.

Beautiful Juliette (Valérie Donzelli) and dashing Romeo (Jérémie Elkaïm) are two insouciant souls whose electric first encounter and rapid storybook romance is quickly followed by the birth of a child. But their lives are transformed overnight when a visit to their pediatrician results in a stunning verdict: their infant son Adam is seriously ill.

As unexpected as this news is, Juliette & Romeo accept the battle head on, and with the support of their families, friends and dedicated public healthcare workers (many playing themselves), end up revealing their strengths, weaknesses, fears and secrets to each other, as well as the world.

Shot with heart-on-sleeve enthusiasm and delirious energy, with DECLARATION OF WAR, Donzelli and Elkaïm follow in the free-spirited footsteps of the New Wave in telling a heartfelt autobiographical story in a lively, poetic style, full of humour, emotion and visual panache, set to a soundtrack to die for.

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