Runtime: 100 Mins
Classsification: M
Coarse language
In cinemas:
31 May 2012

Declaration of War

Jérémie Elkaïm, Valerie Donzelli, Valerie Donzelli

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Based on real-life events experienced by filmmaker Valerie Donzelli and co-star/writer Jeremie Elkaim, DECLARATION OF WAR tells the powerful story of a young Parisian couple suddenly dragged from their carefree existence by an unexpected twist of fate. Beautiful Juliette (Donzelli) and dashing Romeo (Elkaim) 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 shocking verdict: their infant son Adam has a brain tumour. As traumatic 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 Elkaim 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 absurdity, set to a soundtrack to die for. After premiering as the opening night of Critics’ Week at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, DECLARATION OF WAR attracted front page coverage in France and took the local box office by storm, achieving over 500 000 admissions in less than two weeks. Against some high profile competition, the film was selected as France’s official submission for the 2012 Academy Awards.


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Persons of interest

  • Valerie Donzelli .... Juliette
  • Jérémie Elkaïm .... Roméo Benaïm
  • Valerie Donzelli .... Director
  • Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

    • drama

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    • Studios and distributors: Palace Films