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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Médecin de campagne (Irreplaceable) (2018 Feature Film)

Thomas LILTI | France | 2016 | color | DCP | 102' | French | e.s.

SCENES OF SENSES_In rural France family physicians are demigods. But the one in this tragicomedy proves mortal, much to his own surprise. Jean-Pierre would prefer to keep the fact that he has cancer under wraps, because he thinks he’s indispensable. The arrival of a brisk female doctor proves him wrong.


Old-fashioned family physician Jean-Pierre deftly deals with his adoring patients in a rural French community. He is available 24/7 and the bachelor thinks himself indispensable. Jean-Pierre’s identity has become entirely intertwined with his profession. When a colleague diagnoses that he has cancer, Jean-Pierre decides to tell no one. His doctor is acquainted with his patient’s ways and sends a female doctor to the 50-year old’s practice to help out. Nathalie proves insightful and skilled enough to win over the locals. In the meantime, Jean-Pierre keeps pretending to be healthy, but cannot escape reality.

Médecin de campagne (2016) was a box office smash in France. Because he also works as a family physician, scriptwriter and director Thomas Lilti knows the ins and outs of the medical fraternity like no other. It’s against this background that he beautifully portrays the utterly human experiences of the collaborating rural doctors and their patients in this tragicomedy.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:09

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 13:15

Duration: 1:09

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 21:15

Duration: 1:09

Year in Festival
Thomas LILTI
Nicolas Gaurin
François Cluzet
Marianne Denicourt
Isabelle Sadoyan
Félix Moati
Christophe Odent
Patrick Descamps
Guy Faucher
Christel Dewynter
Alexandre Lier
Sylvain Ohrel
Nicolas Weil
Agnès Vallée
Emmanuel Barraux
Production Company
31 Juin Films
Les Films du Parc
Production Design
Philippe van Herwijnen
Le Pacte
Thomas Lilti
Baya Kasmi
Sound Design
François Guillaume
Year of Production
Thomas LILTI

Thomas LILTI (1976, France) has, for years, combined his job as a family physician with writing scripts and directing films. His doctor dramas such as Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014) and Irreplaceable (2016) make good use of his medical knowledge.


Quelques heures en hiver (1999, short), Après l'enfance (2002, short), Roue libre (2003, short), Les yeux bandés (2007), Hippocrate/Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014), Médecin de campagne/Irreplaceable (2016)