WIFF | FILMS

150 MILLIGRAMS (LA FILLE DE BREST)

Review

Director:

Emmanuelle Bercot

Genre:

Biography

Country:

FranceĀ 

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2016

Language:

French

Runtime:

128

Description:

 

An angry piece of filmmaking designed to draw attention to a serious issue and shake up a complacent system, it tells the true story of a woman's long fight to be taken seriously as she confronts the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Irène Frachon, a hospital lung specialist, begins to suspect a connection between recent patient deaths and medications being prescribed. After she turns to the hospital's head of research, Antoine  Le Bihan, Irène's investigation leads her to a powerful drug company. Things start to get ugly as Antoine's research unit is suddenly threatened with funding cuts, and Irène's colleagues begin to view her derisively as a meddlesome crusader. As Frachon fights against powerful interests while her patients continue to die, her resolve is tested, as is her friendship with Le Bihan.

 

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