CRITICAL – Emmanuelle Bercot takes up the subject of the end of life without succeeding in transcending this subject despite Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel.
Actor, he says when asked about his profession. Failed, he says lucidly. The role being played by Benoît Magimel, one of our best actors, the paradox is obvious. So Benjamin is a theater teacher. It won’t be long. It’s a matter of months. The scene where the doctor tells him the bad news is a success. The patient grinds his baseball cap. We feel that his mother – Catherine Deneuve, royal, feverish, dazed and trying to hide her dismay – would go out to smoke a cigarette. The nurse looks elsewhere – the poor smile that Cécile de France then had, in her white blouse. The doctor (a genuine oncologist, a double of Jacques Duclos, which does not make us any younger) does not lie. With the pancreas, it’s no joke.
Time doesn’t taste the same anymore. It flows drop by drop. There are rehearsals with the students, a bit academic. There are the caregivers who relax by playing the guitar. There are the five words