150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest) directed by Emmanuelle Bercot (France, 2016, 128 min.).
French favorite Emanuelle Bercot (Standing Tall) directs this gripping true story about a high-profile court case involving a weight-loss drug, Mediator, which caused over 500 deaths in France. A small-town doctor named Iréne Frachon, played in the film by Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld, The Duke of Burgundy) discovers the problem in her patients and goes on to expose a shocking cover-up by the pharmaceutical company Servier, who developed the drug. Knudsen brings warmth to the role of the scrappy doctor (a French Erin Brockovich), earning her a nomination for the Best Actress César Award. Bercot’s ability to highlight the character’s fragility and perseverance makes what could have been a clinical courtroom drama into an absorbing and relatable film.
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