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  • Summary: Roméo and Juliette are two young actors. They fall in love at first sight, move in together and make a baby. A love story and the founding of a home like millions of others. Except that their little boy, Adam, behaves abnormally. The young parents try hard to persuade themselves that everything is okay but, with the passing of time, they cannot delude themselves anymore; their son has problems. Their fears are unfortunately confirmed: Adam suffers from a malignant brain tumor. From then on, they declare war. A war against illness. A war against death. A war against despair. (Wild Bunch Distribution) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
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  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jan 25, 2012
    Sprinting through hospital rooms, parties, sterile corridors, and grayish courtyards, Declaration Of War salutes its characters' capacity to step up and meet life's harshest unexpected demands.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 9, 2012
    The tonal shifts, the "Amelie"-style voiceover and the punk-retro soundtrack may jar some viewers who expect uninterrupted violins, but Declaration of War is alternative therapy that really works.
  3. 80
    Instead of venturing into mournful "Terms of Endearment" territory, the film - and the filmmakers - commit to a relentless determination to live.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 25, 2012
    An adventurous song selection and stylish narrative techniques put a strangely romantic face on a harrowing story that's a parental nightmare.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 27, 2012
    France's Declaration of War has it all: comedy, romance, fantasy, musical interludes and a child with a brain tumor. Wait - what?
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jan 27, 2012
    Though it's certainly moving, it suffers from a frantically overproduced desperation to hold what the filmmakers seem to fear will be our wavering attention.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Feb 16, 2012
    As ponderous and overwrought as a film hogged by a couple of young hipsters named Roméo and Juliette can be.

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