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Declaration of War
A young couple wrestle with their child's cancer diagnosis.
It must be tough growing up when your parents are named Romeo and Juliette.
Declaration of War has an overwhelming amount of sentimentality. Director Valérie Donzelli overloads every scene with emotion. The overbearing soundtrack is just there to tell us how we are supposed to feel. The film’s tone is far too upbeat considering the film is about a child who is diagnosed with cancer. The ending absolutely ruined my moderate tolerance of the film up to that point. Donzelli goes for the happiest ending imaginable. The family dances on the beach to upbeat music as they found out that there child is in the clear.
a portrait of two young parents going through the disease of their two-year-old son that never indulges in melodrama and instead plays like a vital and stylized celebration of perseverance. the musical interludes throughout the film are specially remarkable.
apparently the famous Gabriel is in this movie
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Could be a 5+ depending on the day, just feeling like being a little mean I guess. Kinda liked this, but all the "expressionist" elements kinda fell flat for me (they're all very "French" injections of style) - kinda feels like Desplechin or Truffaut but just there as an attempt to make this exuberant rather than as a consistent aesthetic. Still, I'd much rather have the story told this way than the more turgid prestige-y style that could have easily been applied to a "kid with cancer" story. Still pretty tender in its best moments, even if it dramatically flatlines a lot. All in all, this was aight.
This was superb. I loved the tenacious performance of the two leads (this was based off their lives by the way). The title proved fitting. It wasn't emotional but it felt like it did because as opposed to that, the parents thought of it as a fight for their kid's life. Very tough ordeal to handle but we know that in our lives, certain things just happen and it's in the way we deal with these situations that make us better and change us.
Υπάρχουν ταινίες που βγαίνοντας από την αίθουσα σού αφήνουν μια αίσθηση κάθαρσης και ένα συναίσθημα ευτυχίας. Ε, το «Πολεμώντας για τη Νίκη» είναι μια από αυτές. Η Valerie Donzelli, στη δεύτερη μεγάλου μήκους ταινίας της, γράφει και σκηνοθετεί για την αληθινή ιστορία του γιου της.
Κρατώντας και τον πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο παρέα με τον Jeremie Elkaim, ερμηνεύουν τον Ρωμαίο και η Ιουλιέτα, δυο αμέριμνους Γάλλους που ερωτεύονται, αποκτούν τον Άνταμ και έρχονται αντιμέτωποι με το απόλυτο σενάριο τρόμου κάθε γονέα, τη διάγνωση καρκίνου του εγκεφάλου στον γιο τους. Εξελισσόμενη σε ένα διάστημα πολλών ετών, η ταινία περιγράφει πώς το ζευγάρι προσπαθεί να ζήσει την καθημερινή ζωή του μέσα από όλη αυτή την οδυνηρή διαδικασία πασχίζοντας να αντεπεξέλθει.
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Mediocre. Mediocre and melodramatic and trying too hard. How 'bout that neato scene where they sang to each other from far away but it was intimate cuz his face was reflected in her car window? Or when she ran through the mysteriously empty hospital halls with that edgy techno music and shaky camera work; THAT was artsy! Or how 'bout that room-painting/dancing montage? Yeah, that rocked my socks off. Socks off.
L'autobiografismo tutto grinta e partecipazione è il cuore pulsante di questa pellicola difficile per i dolorosi temi trattati, messa in scena con uno stile un po' truffautiano da una brava Donzelli (coadiuvata da un ottimo Jérémie Elkaïm), cui si perdonano qualche sperimentale esuberanza canora e qualche egocentrismo di troppo (forse dato dalla conclusione della vicenda), ma capace di portare in primo piano problemi come la difficile comunicazione coi medici. La voglia di non mollare è sempre apprezzabile e dovrebbe essere un monito per tutti.
A realistic, wrenching, humorous, tale of perseverance for two parents who had no idea what was coming when they signed up for their life together. A moving story of gritty human courage and perseverance.
Franse zwierigheid en levenslust in een ongebruikelijk melodrama over een jong koppel dat geconfronteerd wordt met de ernstige ziekte van hun zoontje. Het heeft een bezwerend ritme van kale, statische ziekenhuisshots tegenover de personages die dansen, zingen, uitgaan en anderszins plezier maken. Zelfs in de meest ernstige wendingen van het levenslot blijven joie de vivre, hoop en vertrouwen in de medische wetenschap te verkiezen boven religieuze zingeving. Helaas dat de geforceerd avant-gardistische stijl te fragmentarisch, te gezocht voelt om werkelijk te beklijven. Stijltrucs als 'intellectuele montage' in de geest van Godard blijft hier bij overbodige spielerei en dient geen duidelijke functie in het rechtlijnige plot.
Cancer and points of view.
Has such a batshit sense of style and influence that I'm not sure how it's not more widely discussed.
I dislike films in which the director decides to pull out of their clown bag to show off all they can do in order to make it strange, unique, entertaining, whatever - when it feels that they themselves don't have much control over the medium nor the frame, nor does it reveal much about the characters or the plot, and nor is it consistently utilized throughout the film. Donzelli does this nearly the entire film, cultivating mini-set piece after mini-set piece that feels primarily unoriginal without giving an iota of portraying a real person. The film starts off trad before it goes annoying and then just pointlessly dull and a complete waste of time.
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