Monday, March 2, 2015

Hippocrates (2014) Rendezvous With French Cinema 2015

Hippocrates is the story of an young doctor as he starts his internship in a hospital. We watch as the young man who is thrown in the deep end copes with the staff, a partner who he’s not sure of and a father who is the big cheese at the hospital.

Based upon director Thomas Lilti's  own experiences Hippocrates has the feel of being a fly on the wall as our hero goes through his paces. This is clearly a story that was lived. Its full of the life that only a master storyteller can get from relating the story of his own life. If full of humor, drama and tragedy. As a slice of medical life this film is really good.

My feelings for the film are tempered slightly by the inclusion of the father who is a big cheese at the hospital. While the scenes aren’t bad, hell nothing in the film is bad, they feel like they are there more to move the plot then let the narrative just flow. It’s an unnecessary plot device rather than something that is wholly organic. For me those scenes kept me feeling this was a movie and not “real life”.

This is a really good little film and worth your time.

The film plays at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema for tickets and more information go here.

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