Past Event15 Jul - 16 Jul 2016

The Country Doctor

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The Civic


This gentle, good-humoured film about a doctor (François Cluzet) facing illness himself and reluctantly inducting a younger city doctor (Marianne Denicourt) into his country practice has been a great hit in France. Upholding the humane values embodied by the old-style GP, it has clearly touched a vein of nostalgia which may run just as deep in New Zealand.

Co-writer and Director Thomas Lilti is himself a qualified medical practitioner, and not one given to sentimentality. (Anyone who saw his film Hippocrates at this year’s French Film Festival can vouch for the refreshing sense of experience that lifted it apart from standard hospital dramas.)

Cluzet (The Intouchables) is fascinating as an immensely recognisable character, single (with an adult son in Paris), wedded to his work, tacitly empathetic beneath the brusque, brooking-no-fools demeanour.

Denicourt is an excellent foil as Natalie, the doctor’s 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

Médecin de campagne
France 2016 
102 mins
In French with English subtitles

Director: Thomas Lilti

Producers: Agnès Vallee, Emmanuel Barraux

Screenplay: Thomas Lilti, Baya Kasmi

Photography: Nicolas Gaurin

Editor: Christel Dewynter

Production designer: Philippe Van Herwijnen

Costume designer: Dorothée Guiraud

Music: Alexandre Lier, Sylvain Ohrel, Nicolas Weil

With: François Cluzet (Jean-Pierre Werner), Marianne Denicourt (Nathalie Delezia), Isabelle Sadoyan (Werner’s mother), Félix Moati (Vincent Werner), Christophe Odent (Norès), Patrick Descamps (Maroini), Guy Faucher (Mr Sorlin), Margaux Fabre (Ninon), Julien Lucas (Ninon’s fiancé), Yohann Goetzmann (Alexis), Josée Laprun (Alexis’ mother), Philippe Bertin (Guy), Géraldine Schitter (Fanny)

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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