Hippocrates

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    Hippocrates

    Hippocrate

    Directed by

    France

    2014

    101 min

    • French

    Comedy drama

    Benjamin is meant to be a great doctor, he’s sure of it. But his first experience as a junior doctor in the hospital ward where his father works doesn’t turn out the way he hoped it would. Responsibility is overwhelming, his father is all but present, and his co-junior partner, a foreign doctor, is far more experienced than he is. This internship will force Benjamin to confront his limits…and start his way to adulthood.

    Awards

    • Best Film - My French Film Festival

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Vincent Lacoste
    Reda Kateb
    Félix Moati
    Jacques Gamblin
    Marianne Denicourt
    Screenplay
    Thomas Lilti
    Baya Kasmi
    Pierre Chosson
    Julien Lilti
    Cinematography
    Nicolas Gaurin
    Editing
    Christelle Dewynter
    Music
    Alexandre Lier
    Sylvain Ohrel
    Nicolas Weil for LOW ENTERTAINMENT

    Director's Statement

    I am both a doctor and a filmmaker. I learned both jobs in parallel: for medicine, I followed the traditional academic route and for cinema, I learned on the job. For a long time, I kept each one very separate from the other, whereas in fact they have quite a lot in common, team work and the collaboration with a wide range of specialists being just two similarities. HIPPOCRATES however focuses on their main difference: the weight of the responsibility borne by doctors, this perpetual feeling of doubt, the loss of a certain carefree attitude that it entails.
    I wanted to step away from the clichés of hospital life circulated by TV series and that have seeped into the collective consciousness. One of the things I did was to focus more on the actual workers than on the place of work itself, without betraying the realities of the hospital itself. I aimed to be quite realistic, but also include a certain Romanesque feel. This can only really work if the environment it unfolds in is credible in its most intricate detail: so for the slightest injection shown on screen, I wanted the exact needle to be used. But for all that, it is not a documentary; as a filmmaker I aim to entertain, without slipping into the usual medical thriller template.
    Hospitals nowadays don't always look ultra-modern: some are disused, abandoned. The bigwigs are now civil servants who, without being penniless, still earn far less than private practitioners: 30 to 40% of doctors are foreign, and come from countries outside the EU, they are poorly paid and live precariously. I wanted to convey all this without making it too academic, this isn't a political pamphlet.

    Production
    31 JUIN FILMS
    Production
    FRANCE 2 CINEMA
    Sales
    LE PACTE

    Press

    Lilti compellingly conveys his point that in reality, the profession is full of exhausted, resource-strapped individuals required to make decisions with no easy right answers, undermined by bosses more concerned about the bottom line than about patient welfare.

    Charles Gant, Variety

    A darkly comic, socially potent portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern making his very first rounds.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Thomas Lilti

    Thomas Lilti

    France

    As a director, I aim for entertainment.

    Thomas Lilti se passionne très jeune pour le cinéma, et, parallèlement à ses études de médecine, réalise trois courts métrages, tous présentés à Clermont-Ferrand, QUELQUES HEURES EN HIVER (1999), APRÈS L'ENFANCE (2001), également projeté à la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs cannoise 2002, et ROUE LIBRE (2003). Puis vient le premier long, LES YEUX BANDÉS (2007), drame intimiste traversé par le lien fraternel et le doute, avec Jonathan Zaccaï et Guillaume Depardieu, qui sort sur les écrans début 2008.

    Selected Filmography