A sick child – you gotta laugh

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY MOVIES -

Dec­la­ra­tion of War has it all: com­edy, ro­mance, fan­tasy, mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes and a child with a brain tu­mour. Wait – what? A quick trawl through the memory turns up no other movie like this com­e­dy­drama, about the or­deal of a sexy young cou­ple (His name? Romeo. Hers is Juli­ette) who learn their in­fant son needs brain surgery. The stars and screen­writ­ers (Va­lerie Donzelli, who is also the direc­tor, and Jeremie Elkaim) re­capped their own sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences as the par­ents of a gravely ill son. This fact lib­er­ates their char­ac­ters to burst into song or jokes. On the eve of a ma­jor surgery, they dis­cuss their deep­est fears: that their child could come out of it blind. Or blind and deaf. Or blind and deaf and mute. Or blind and deaf and mute and a dwarf. A black dwarf. A gay black dwarf. Who is a right-wing nut­case. The aura of an au­then­ti­cally fren­zied or­deal is all over this en­ter­tain­ing and mov­ing (but not mor­bid or de­press­ing) film and yet so is a calm­ing wis­dom, a sense of look­ing back soberly at by­gone tribu­la­tions de­liv­ered in the spirit of Jules and Jim. The tricks don’t all work (par­tic­u­larly the duet the cou­ple sing while in dif­fer­ent places), but the film’s cheeky verve is a plea­sure and a won­der.

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Va­lerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim star in the French com­edy/drama

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