IR­RE­PLACE­ABLE

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OUT 13 JAN­UARY / CERT 12 / 98 MINS DI­REC­TOR Thomas Lilti CAST François Cluzet, Mar­i­anne Deni­court, Is­abelle Sadoyan, Félix Moati

LEAV­ING BE­HIND THE city hos­pi­tal of Hip­pocrates, doc­tor-turned-di­rec­tor Lilti de­scends upon a re­mote coun­try prac­tice for this con­sid­ered study of evolv­ing med­i­cal meth­ods and the state of French health­care. Con­ceal­ing his own can­cer di­ag­no­sis, GP Jean-pierre (Cluzet) re­sents be­ing sad­dled with a newly qual­i­fied as­sis­tant un­til he re­alises he is not ir­re­place­able. A cou­ple of cases lapse into melo­drama, but Lilti draws on his own ex­pe­ri­ences as a locum in Nor­mandy to cap­ture the pace of pro­vin­cial life, as well as the mes­sianic mind­set that makes medics so de­voted to their pa­tients. Leav­ened with wry hu­mour and shrewd in­sight, this is in­tel­li­gent, au­then­tic and sin­cere.

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