Romeo (Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli) met at a dance club – locking eyes across the room. Their relationship grew until Adam was born. Between fits of crying and the parental learning curve, Romeo and Juliette found that although they were arguing, they argued about what was best for Adam. Juliette is the strong one, but her compulsive internet searches unearth more anxiety than answers. Romeo is overly sensitive and is prone to emotional outbursts.
When Adam begins daycare, the attendants soon notice that the toddler is slow to walk and his head tilts to one side. These symptoms coupled with his vomiting and swollen cheek, raise a warning flag to doctors.
It is soon discovered that Adam has a brain tumor. As he undergoes brain surgery and subsequent chemotherapy, Romeo and Juliette discover a strength within that few knew – especially themselves.
“Declaration of War” is a sorrowful film about the struggles parents go through for their children. Written and directed by Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim the story is based upon their real life experiences with their son’s struggle with cancer.
Romeo and Juliette are thrilled with their baby boy, even his incessant crying is finally brought under control with a few tips from the pediatrician. But when Adam is diagnosed with a brain tumor, their family is turned on its head – Adam’s head to be precise.
There have been many excellent films recounting the struggles parents endure either watching their child struggle for life or in the aftermath of a child’s death. “Rabbit Hole” and “50/50” come to mind.
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