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Irreplaceable (2016)

Médecin de campagne (original title)
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After a doctor is diagnosed with cancer, a new doctor joins him to help him treat his rural patients.


Thomas Lilti


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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Jean-Pierre Werner
Marianne Denicourt ... Nathalie Delezia
Christophe Odent ... Le docteur Michel Norès
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Francis Maroini
Guy Faucher Guy Faucher ... Monsieur Sorlin
Margaux Fabre Margaux Fabre ... Ninon
Julien Lucas Julien Lucas ... Le fiancé de Ninon
Yohann Goetzmann Yohann Goetzmann ... Alexis
Josée Laprun Josée Laprun ... La mère d'Alexis
Philippe Bertin Philippe Bertin ... Guy
Géraldine Schitter Géraldine Schitter ... Fanny
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Madame veuve Werner - la mère de Jean-Pierre
Félix Moati Félix Moati ... Vincent Werner
Sylvie Lachat Sylvie Lachat ... La patiente dépressive
Régis Iacono Régis Iacono ... Le patient diabétique


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?

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Release Date:

23 March 2016 (France) See more »

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En un lugar de Francia See more »

Filming Locations:

Chaussy, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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A medicine tale.
13 October 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The lives of doctors. Most of the film covered from the professional aspect and between two. A junior and a senior doctor. When I decided to watch it, I anticipated either fun or an inspiring film. But it was like too serious and a casual storyline. I mean it could have been a documentary, but the presentation was clearly a cinematic. Then all cinemas need a writing, so does it. More like from someone's real life experience. It had the ingredients, but everything was straightforward without twist and turn.

If you consider the story progressing to the next level is a twist or turn, then the film had a few of those often. Though they are not effective as what a viewer actually meant a real twist in the storytelling. Nowadays, twist means a mind blowing development/scene. The characters were well designed. Between the main two, the narration keeps hopping, revealing their lives as doctors, especially in the rural. There's more to it, that theirs commitments and differences within their passion for their work.

A single doctor who has been dedicated all his life to the poor patients from the rural, now discovered he has a brain tumour. He begins his treatment right away, but he was advised to retire and rest. That's where a junior doctor comes in. His replacement. The two work together, where she learns all his patients, but it was not a smooth ride. Since he's not happy to be replaced, particularly his patients are unique, their different style of treating the patients brings a crack in the relationship even before they had one.

❝What I call nature may be something else for believers. But don't tell me nature is beautiful.❞

One thing that unites them is the medicine. Despite the differences, they make their best effort to contribute from their field of expertise. They are the best doctors, but joining the hand at the wrong time is what the English translated title meant. That's almost the entire story of it. Along with their struggle in the rural settings like it be commuting from place to place, at day and night, whenever the service required.

The film justifies on the roles it focused on than the concept it deals with. So most of those who watches it won't say they saw a very good film. Even me too felt that way. That does not mean it was bad flick. Some people surely would enjoy it being as it is. I think the real doctors or their friends and families and patients, to see their similar experiences on the screen. What I had liked was, highlighting the work ethic between the rural and the city doctor. It was like a two different world.

I have rated it better, because of the quality of the content than what I wanted to have a nice time. Besides, it's almost free of clichés. Like no romance, no medical miracles or the unexpected subplot developed to brighten up the narration in places. That kept me going. Like I have already mentioned, it was practically a documentary feature, with a cinematic experience.

The trivia say, it was made by a doctor turned filmmaker. So what do you expect from such director. His previous flick too was about the same theme. Usually when such films are made, the writers, director do research for depicting the contents perfectly. That has not required here. Nicely made film, but not for everyone. One of the under- noticed film, and that's reasonable for such a film, but bashing it even after watching it like what illiterates does. So watch it and respect it or else do not think about it.


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