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September 18–24, 2015

Chicago Premiere

Hippocrates, Diary of a French Doctor

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Best Supporting Actor
Best Film, Best Director
+ 4 other awards
César Awards,
"Darkly comic, socially potent"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"[Writer/director Thomas] Lilti's film eschews the easy formula of workplace comedy and instead finds dramatic tension in everyday decisions"
  —Washington Post
"The fear, suffering, and helplessness of the individual patients and their family members are rendered so concretely that the moral imperative is impossible to overlook"
  —Chicago Reader

Hippocrates, Diary of a French Doctor is a darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste, Eden). Confident and determined to become a successful doctor, Benjamin realizes that the reality of the medical world is grimmer than he had imagined. He is overshadowed by his co-junior partner Abdel (Reda Kateb, Zero Dark Thirty), a foreign doctor who is more competent than Benjamin, but is forced to work as an intern because of his immigrant status.

Hippocrates, Diary of a French Doctor offers an ultra-realistic vision of the French public medical system where interns have to learn the ropes the hard way, confront their limits and start their way to adulthood. This film was a box-office hit in its native France, earned Keteb a César for Best Supporting Actor and writer/director Thomas Lilti happens to be an MD himself.

Directed by Thomas Lilti, France, 2014, 102 mins. In French with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Sept. 18 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 19 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 20 at 5 & 7pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Sept. 21–24 at 7 & 9 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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