- Screening Dates: 3rd August, 6 pm // 10th August, 8 pm
- Starring: Francois Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Felix Mouati
- Directed by: Thomas Lilti
- Running time: 102 mins
- Rating: M
- Language: French with English subtitles
This gentle, good-humoured film about Jean-Pierre [François Cluzet], a doctor, facing illness himself and reluctantly inducting a younger city doctor Nathalie [Marianne Denicourt] into his country practice has been a great hit in France.
Jean-Pierre is an immensely recognisable character, single (with an adult son in Paris), wedded to his work, tacitly empathetic beneath the brusque, brooking-no-fools demeanour while Nathalie is an excellent foil, his match in so many ways, but shrewdly respectful of his self-defining conviction that he is irreplaceable. It’s a view clearly shared by a lively array of farming folk who parade through his surgery, or, in some of the film’s most touching and memorable scenes, usher him, doctor’s bag in hand, into their houses.
The Country Doctor finally plays out as a strongly observational character drama that suggests something about who these people are and how they deal with what’s thrown at them while also painting a convincing picture of everyday life in rural France in the 21st-century and medical care. SOURCE: NZIFF
“The film bristles with humor, mostly drawn from life, and illuminating moments of irony.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter