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DE SON VIVANT

Melodrama | France| 2021 | 123 min | French
Director: Emmanuelle Bercot, Marcia Romano
With:  Benoît Magimel (César 2022 du Meilleur acteur), Catherine Deneuve, Cécile de France, Dr. Sara, véritable oncologue dans son propre rôle

Benjamin learns that he has pancreatic cancer and that there is no cure. Accompanied by a dedicated doctor and a kind-hearted nurse, Benjamin will plan his last moments, while his mother suffers terribly from this news. Over the course of a year, four seasons, Benjamin will learn to live with the disease and to come to terms with the complex notion of dying while still alive.

Film Reviews:

 

Wow, what more can I say? What a beautiful and luminous film despite the subject! So many emotions! The actors are excellent! A must see!

 – Cinoche (translated from French)

Deneuve and Magimel are magnificent in their courage and self-sacrifice, their humility and dignity in the face of their respective characters. The director takes the necessary time to make situations and dialogues that are often heartbreaking and upsetting.

 – CNews (translated from French)

Get your handkerchiefs ready: this is a melo, a real one, a great one. It makes you want to breathe and love very much.

– Le Parisien (translated from French)

A daring film about illness that manages to look death in the face.

 – Ouest France (translated from French)

Emmanuelle Bercot's film is a melodrama that knows how to move people while offering a beautiful reflection on the end of life.

– 20 Minutes (translated from French)