Movie Chronicle 2: Alive and Kicking - Taming Death

Keywords: palliative care, cancer, death, caregivers, truth, oncology, meaning
Language(s): French


To control and think about death through cinema is perhaps one of the possibilities offered by Emmanuelle Bercot’s feature film starring Benoît Magimel and Catherine Deneuve. De son vivant tackles head-on the question of fate, through the life-and-death story of a young man in his forties suffering from a disease whose prognosis is grim. We follow Benjamin, in the last year of his life, as he faces the inevitability of his finitude announced in this clearly stated time frame: from six months to one year. In so doing, he finds himself and his family plunged radically into the heart of his existential questions, faced with a series of choices that he must make, despite – or thanks to – the reality of his death. The many ethical issues encountered throughout his journey are exposed for all those involved: caregivers, patients and relatives.

How to Cite
Plaat-Goasdoue N, Quintin J. Movie Chronicle 2: Alive and Kicking - Taming Death. Can. J. Bioeth. 2023;6:140-2.
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