150 Milligrams

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France | 2016 | 140 minutes | Emmanuelle Bercot

Emmanuelle Bercot's powerful social-justice drama is a French Erin Brockovich story about Dr. Irene Frachon (Sidse Babett Knudsen), who discovers that a state-approved medication has caused suspicious deaths, leading her on a one-woman crusade to reveal the truth.

"Utterly absorbing all the way through, this showcase for Bercot's skill with large casts and intellectually rigorous storytelling may be her best yet."Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

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A striking investigation challenging the multimillion-dollar French pharmaceutical industry, 150 Milligrams is based on the true story of Irene Franchon, who disclosed one of the biggest medical scandals of the past 10 years. Living in Brest, a French pulmonologist (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her team decide to research strange cases of heart failure. They eventually bring to light the dangers of a weight-loss drug marketed by a major pharmaceutical group. 150 Milligrams tells an incredible and enlightening true story, backed by a strong scenario and renowned leading actors in Knudsen and Benoit Magimel. Intriguing and exciting, the thriller atmosphere perfectly suits their fight to disclose an inconvenient truth. At a time when the role of whistleblowers to alert society is questioned, this film highlights the energy and resolution of a small group of provincial doctors who enabled a tremendous change in the way French consumers perceive drugs and their industry.

Director Biography

French filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot started as an actress in the 1991 film, Ragazzi, eventually leading her to roles in films such as Polisse (2011) and My King (2015). She started directing in 1997 with the short film Les Vacanes, and has become well-known for her films On My Way (2013) and Standing Tall (2015).

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE

  • Original Language Title: La Fille de Brest
  • Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Principal Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoit Magimel, Charlotte Laemmel, Patrick Ligardes
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 140 minutes
  • Producer: Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo
  • Screenplay: Severine Bosschem, Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Cinematographers: Guillaume Schiffman
  • Editors: Julien Leloup
  • Music: Martin Wheeler
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: San Sebastian Film Festival 2016 (Special Award)
  • Filmography: Standing Tall (2015); On My Way (2013); The Players (2012); Backstage (2005); Clement (2001)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch