New couple Romeo (Jeremie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli) must face the ultimate test when they discover that their newborn son has a brain tumor. Gathering their friends and family together, they confront this ordeal together as a form of warfare. Through tenacity and dedication, Romeo and Juliette begin to surprise even themselves in their ability to not only fight for the life of their child but also for each other. Drawing on their own real-life experiences in caring for their ill child, writer/director/star Donzelli and co-writer/co-star Elkaim infuse this unconventional telling of their story with unexpected verve using a host of cinematic techniques, music, and heartbreaking performances. The result is an exuberant and deeply moving experience that dazzles with vitality.
Cesar Desseix,Gabriel Elkaim,Jérémie Elkaïm,Valérie Donzelli
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 (Jérémie Elkaïm) and Juliette (Valérie Donzelli), who must face the ultimate test when they discover their newborn 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 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 Elkaïm and what they went through when their own son fell ill.