Declaration of War 1.0 stars

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  • Rated NR | 1 hour, 40 minutes

A child may be dying of cancer. We get to suffer along with his pretty French parents, the child’s agony mercifully under shown. Director Valérie Donzelli wants poignant sincerity, and her actors occasionally oblige. But her riffs through the old New Wave playbook (notably Jules et Jim) mixed with music-driven video tactics make this prolonged family crisis seem a chic but sappy commercial for universal health care, even though the French have a good system. 2012.

David Elliott

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