LA FILLE DE BREST (2016)
A film by Emmanuelle Bercot
Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel, Charlotte Laemmel
English title: 150 milligrams
Here Emmanuelle Bercot, adapting Irène Frachont’s book with the help of Séverine Bosschem. Yes it is a formula whistleblowing film here and somehow we can’t get enough of them we still love to see those big company falls flat on their asses.
A protagonist to generate tension from the start, we track Franchont as she documents problems with a patient’s heart valve, heading with her into the operating room. Franchont becomes convinced that a drug used routinely for diabetes and weight loss is causing fatal heart defects and sets about recruiting people to her cause. Here Franchont is this simple woman who is a doctor with good bedsides manners, has a family of three kids and a husband who support her, she is played by Sidse Babett Knudsen who is Danish but plays a French women. The film avoid the usual cliche here, Bercot shows her with a supportive family who help her out when ever they can. Bihan (Benoît Magical) and Franchont fires at each other because Bihan is pressure to give up and she will not. The tension is build slowly until the pot is about to explode. Scenes of research are given plenty of pace which brings me of the attention of details from the director. Knudsen is like a pit-bull with a bomb once she sink her teeth never letting go until the bomb explode.