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A man is in denial of a serious illness, and his mother faces the unbearable. Between them, a doctor and a nurse fight to do their job and help them find acceptance. Read More Read Less
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Marya E. Gates A plodding drama that traps [Catherine Deneuve] in a one-dimensional grieving mother role. Rated: 2/4 Oct 28, 2022 Full Review Beatrice Loayza New York Times The film frequently dips into unintentional absurdity, yes, but it also captivates, thanks to the powers of the Gallic film-world heavyweights Benoît Magimel and Catherine Deneuve. Oct 28, 2022 Full Review David Ehrlich indieWire The director’s palliative need for drama often snuffs out the very truths that “Peaceful” vows to restore to the process of dying. Rated: C Oct 27, 2022 Full Review Nuha Hassan Nuha Hassan The movie never shies away from showing his pain. But it struggles to identify emotional moments within the narrative. Sep 8, 2023 Full Review Lael Loewenstein FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) A mixed bag... But good for the performance of Gabriel Sara. Nov 30, 2022 Full Review Dan Mecca The Film Stage There’s a practical application to what’s observed here, one that will surely help those dealing with something like Benjamin’s awful circumstances. Unfortunately, as a standalone piece of dramatic entertainment, it never fully congeals. Rated: C+ Nov 7, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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ted o Moving film about acceptance at life's end. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Nathana J What a wonderful movie for all people to watch, it is the most beautiful story of how to process loss, of any kind. The story is filmed with the real life Compassionate doctor, playing himself. Wouldn't be wonderful if all doctors were like this??? Let's make sure we train doctors and health care workers to care about how people FEEL on every level. SUPERB!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/20/22 Full Review Audience Member The critics are wrong. For anyone with loved ones who faced terminal illness, this film is real and powerful and relevant and nuanced. It helped me immeasurably as I struggle to think about loss and love, and I immediately wanted my brother — who is struggling with cancer — to see it as well. It is painful at times but also powerful and hopeful and beautiful. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/02/22 Full Review roy h This was a great movie about a 40-something guy dying of cancer. It is not maudlin, it is very clear-headed about what happens when you get a diagnosis of not much time left. The doctor caring for him is very progressive but very straight-forward. The patient and his mother have a complicated relationship. Patient thinks his life has no loose ends, he appears to be mistaken. Very true-to-life, in my experience, except the doctor is more advanced in relating to patients than many actual doctors. He also has more time to do this than many actual doctors. French with English subtitles. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis A man is in denial of a serious illness, and his mother faces the unbearable. Between them, a doctor and a nurse fight to do their job and help them find acceptance.
Emmanuelle Bercot
François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
Marcia Romano, Emmanuelle Bercot, Marcia Romano
Production Co
Scope Pictures, Les Films du Kiosque, France 2 Cinéma, StudioCanal
Original Language
French (France)
2h 2m
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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