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Declaration of War

GRADE: A- Breathtakingly Vital.

— Bilge Ebiri, The Onion AV Club

CRITIC’S PICK! Fiercely playful, almost joyous. Extremely well-acted and deceptively offbeat.

— Allison Wilmore, New York Magazine

Feels entirely alive. This story of two people who transform fear into action is inspiring.

— Stephen Holden, New York Times

Presented by Sundance Selects | France | Jan 27th, 2012 | 96 MINS | NR

The opening night film of 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 this 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. Drawing on the real life experiences of Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Elkaïm and what they went through when their own son fell ill, the film will bring tears to your eyes and dazzle you with its contagious vitality.


  • Valérie Donzelli


  • Edouard Weil


  • Valérie Donzelli
  • Jérémie Elkaïm