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IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2021: THE NIGHT DOCTOR

Elie Wajeman

MEDECIN DE NUIT

Mikaël (Vincent Macaigne) is a doctor on night call. He looks after patients from underprivileged neighbourhoods, as well as those who nobody else will treat, primarily drug addicts. His world has become unsustainably chaotic – torn between his wife and his mistress, embroiled in trafficking fraudulent prescriptions with his cousin, a pharmacist, Mikaël is left with no choice: tonight, he has to take his life back into his own hands. Over the course of one eventful night, director Elie Wajeman takes the viewer through the city on a road movie-like journey as dark as it is intense, revealing the less glamorous reality of the medical world and a hidden side of Paris. DOM

Director’s note: A superb, immersive nocturnal account of an on-call doctor, Macaigne offers a complex human portrait of a man torn between moral duties and personal connections.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival, November 17 – 28.

82 mins, France, 2020, Subtitled, Digital

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