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François Cluzet (The Intouchables) is Jean-Pierre, a much-loved doctor in a rural French town. He reassures and cares for his patients day and night, seven days a week. When he becomes sick himself, he keeps this a secret, but soon realises that he needs to find someone to take over his practice. A younger city doctor, Nathalie (Marianne Denicourt), is introduced as the new medic – will she adapt to this new life and take over from the man who thought he was irreplaceable?
A huge success in France, this new film from Thomas Lilti (Hippocrates) was warmly embraced by audiences for its generosity of spirit and gentle humour. With exceptional performances from François Cluzet and Marianne Denicourt, THE COUNTRY DOCTOR is a touching celebration of life.
The performances are adept and the locations and bit players so expressively authentic that the movie binds together.
“Director Lilti is a doctor turned filmmaker, and has a knack for holding on community members and the briefly seen so that their faces and concerns register, while being economical with the sentimentality. His film takes its tone from Jean-Pierre: caring but on the clock. It’s a small, worthy film that might leave you wondering why this country can’t produce an equivalent.” SMH.