HIPPOCRATES

2016 ARCHIVE

Director: Thomas Lilti
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Jacques Gamblin, Reda Kateb, Marianne Denicourt, Carole Franck
Country: France, 2014
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Rating: M, Offensive language and sexual references
Duration: 102 minutes
Festivals: Cannes Critics Week 2014, Official Selection; CoLCoA, Official Selection
Awards: César Awards 2014, Best Supporting Actor Reda Kateb

“Vincent Lacoste is riveting as young intern facing personal and professional crises.”
James Verniere, Boston Herald

Synopsis

This French take on the popular medical drama genre centres around young doctor Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste, The French Kissers, Lolo) as he starts a six-month internship in a Paris hospital.

Confident and eager to learn, we follow Benjamin on his rounds, treating patients and performing procedures. One night while on call, Benjamin has to deal with an alcoholic and homeless patient, Tsunami, who complains of chest pains. With the ECG machine broken, a diagnosis is made quickly – the patient’s cirrhosis is the cause, and the treatment will be pain-killers. Needless to say, Benjamin is wrong, and Tsunami is found dead the next morning.

When Tsunami’s estranged wife appears demanding an explanation, the management’s decision to cover up the incident is questioned. Fellow Algerian intern Abdel (show-stealer Reda Kateb, Far From Men, Of Gods And Men) puts his own career on the line to help Benjamin avoid the axe.

This documentary-like feature takes the audience on a clinical exploration of the French medical system. Stuck in a very masculine and almost teenage-like culture, working long hours, facing budget cuts and low on supplies, medical staff become dubious when it comes to respecting the Hippocratic Oath.

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WELLINGTON
Sat 20 Feb 1.45pm D
Sun 28 Feb 8.45pm E *Please note this is an amended screening time from the one advertised in the print programme

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Sat 27 Feb 2.10pm
Sun 6 Mar 7.40pm

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Sun 28 Feb 8.30pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Sun 6 Mar 8.30pm

TIMARU
Mon 14 Mar 7.30pm

NELSON
Thu 10 Mar 6.15pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Tue 15 Mar 2.30pm

TAURANGA
Fri 18 Mar 10.30am

ARROWTOWN
Wed 23 Mar 1.30pm

PALMERSTON NORTH
Wed 30 Mar 8.30pm

HAMILTON
Tue 12 April 8.30pm

HAVELOCK NORTH
Sun 10 April 3.15pm

DUNEDIN
Fri 1 April 12.10pm
Sat 9 April 12.00pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre