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Country Doctor (2016 aka Irreplaceable/Icarus DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C- Film: C+

Doctor Jean-Pierre (Francois Cluzet) is a country doctor, has terminal brain cancer and is dying. He is paired up with Doctor Nathalie (Marianne Denicourt) to train her as his replacement. As Jean-Pierre shows Nathalie the the ropes of being a doctor they clashed mighty, but when Jean-Pierre's condition gets worse will Nathalie be able to help and fill his shoes?

In Thomas Lilti's Country Doctor (2016 aka Irreplaceable), Jean-Pierre is a small time country doctor, but when he realize he is dying, he finds himself suddenly with a partner, Nathalie. When Nathalie comes to work with Jean-Pierre she does not know about Jean-Pierre's condition. Jean-Pierre teaches Nathalie that being a doctor isn't all about policy, medicine and treatment. Nathalie learns being a doctor is also about getting to know your patients, helping people living their lives better. Nathalie thought the man who was to be her partner, is really training her to take his place when he gone.

This was a typical slice of life movie. It was about when people face with their own mortality they look back over their live and wondered if they really lived. How people should value their time and relationships when they still have it. When people work their jobs, are they just doing her jobs or is it something more?

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital sound are once again passable in an Icarus DVD release, a bit lite alone and in combination, though we again expect a Blu-ray would play better. Extras only include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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