The Country Doctor Reviewed by Andy Box

The Premise
All the people in this countryside area, can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who auscultates them, heals and reassures them day and night, 7 days a week. Now Jean-Pierre is sick, so he sees Natalie, a young doctor, coming from the hospital to assist him. But will she adapt to this new life and be able to replace the man that believed to be irreplaceable?
The Review
If you are after a movie that embodies everything that is typically French then this  comedy is just what the doctor ordered.

The countryside, the language, the humour and  large splash of grumpy sarcasm can only be done this way by a French cast in a French movie. I loved it.

Thomas Lilti, who wrote and directed this subtle story about people and their relationships has created a delightful and poignant movie that will keep you questioning your own humanity throughout.

His work takes you right into the heart of what a person’s life is like in a small french rural community and it is this insight and journey that will have you clamouring for more.

The cast works well together and the dialogue between Francois Cluzet (French Kiss and The Intouchables) and Marianne Denicourt is both witty and brutally honest.

These two are at the centre of everything good about this movie and their performances have inspired a truly magnificent response by a relatively unknown and inexperienced supporting cast.

The Verdict
This film is like finding a cheap French wine that your friends scoff at, but actually, upon tasting, turns out to be an award winning bouquet of fruity realism. Take your wife, call your mum! Just make sure you go and see this wonderful foreign language film.
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 26th January 2017
Rating: PG – Contains offensive language
Duration: 102 minutes
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Christophe Odent, Patrick Descamps, Félix Moati, Isabelle Sadoyan
Director: Thomas Lilti (Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor)
The Extras
Filmmaker Thomas Lilti is also a doctor and began to do short movies at the same time he studied medicine.