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From The Distrib Films Collection
Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot
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A son (Benoît Magimel) in denial of a serious illness. A mother (Catherine Deneuve) facing the unbearable. And between them a doctor (Gabriel Sara) and a nurse (Cécile de France) fighting to do their job and help them find acceptance. The four of them have one year and four seasons to come together and understand what it means to die while living.

Writer and director Emmanuelle Bercot initially set out to explore the undying connection between a mother and her child, but through a chance encounter with Dr. Gabriel Sara, a dedicated cancer specialist who plays himself, the story of Peaceful unfolds like the stages of grief itself. Bercot chose to combine the realistic with the philosophical in this devastatingly beautiful tragedy, that leans on Sara’s real-life experiences and Magimel’s transformative performance, which earned him the 2022 Cesar Award for Best Actor, to convey the slow and poignant loosening of the mortal coil.

“Grab your tissues: this is a true, heart wrenching drama, and one of the great ones; a film that makes you want to breathe and love deeply.” —Le Parisien

“A profound work about this path towards death we call life. You will not forget this film anytime soon.” —Le Point

“With her characteristic solemnity, Emmanuelle Bercot creates a moving drama from heartrending material.” —Telerama

“Emmanuelle Bercot dramatizes the Kubler-Ross five stages of grief in the emotionally full drama Peaceful.” —National Review

“Elegance and grace permeates this journey into oblivion.” —Film Threat

Cannes Film Festival – Out of Competition
Cesar Awards – Best Actor for Benoit Magimel

123 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2022
Copyright: 2021

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