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.