Film journalist

Five years after La fille de Brest (around the Mediator scandal), During her lifetime, Emmanuelle Bercot tackled a new medical fiction.

Namely the story, declined over four seasons, of a mother Crystal (Catherine Deneuve), and of her son Benjamin (Benoît Magimel), confronted with the violence and injustice of incurable cancer striking the latter at the approach of quarantine. And who, while the patient tends to lock himself in denial, will benefit from the support of a doctor with exemplary dedication coupled with a fine psychologist, Doctor Eddé (oncologist Gabriel Sara, in his own role), who will help them tame and accept the disease and its fatal outcome …

Melodrama assumed, In his lifetime does not seek to elude the harshness of his subject. But if the result is necessarily trying, Emmanuelle Bercot also gives it a luminous turn, spurred on by the empathy of Doctor Sara and the nursing staff (as usual, the filmmaker mixed professional and non-professional actors, accentuating the feeling of truth emanating from of the film, even if it in no way seeks to restore reality), to the point of turning this chronicle of an announced death into a hymn to life. Something to disturb as much as to challenge despite some heaviness (on the paternity component in particular). Not without, after having already made it shine in La Tête haute, recalling the excellent actor that can be Benoît Magimel …

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