... L'Alliance française de Charleston de Caroline du Sud



September 8th 2017

7:00 p.m. Basic Science Building (James Edward Dental School)

173 Ashley Avenue, MUSC Downtown.

NOTE: CHANGE OF PRICE:  $4.00 for members and students under 25,  $6.00 for non-members.

(This is the first time in 14 years that the price has been raised, to accommodate the price charged by distributors).

LA FILLE DE BREST (150 milligrams) 2016. 126 minutes

In French with English subtitles.

A headline-making French pharmaceutical battle is given sincere but stolid treatment in Emmanuelle Bercot's latest directorial outing.

Telling the true story of Dr. Irène Frachon, the French pulmonologist who beginning in 2007 waged a one-woman war against the makers of a diabetes drug Mediator, “150 Milligrams” (La Fille de Brest) is adapted from news report and the book written by Dr. Frachon in 2010, “Mediator, 150 mg, How Many Deaths”.

Mediator was originally marketed to overweight diabetics but often prescribed to healthy women as appetite suppressant. As many as five million people were given the drug and two thousand died between 1976 and 2009 when it was withdrawn in France, years after being pulled in Spain and Italy. While working at the hospital of Brest in Brittany, Frachon noticed in 2007  the damages done to patients’ hearts and alerted the authorities.  In collaboration with medical researcher Antoine Le Bihan (Benoit Magimel), she fought for two years a long battle with the French Health authorities who refused to take her research and statistical proof of Mediator harmful effects seriously and instead backed the powerful pharmaceutical company.

“La Fille de Brest” received three nominations Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the 2017 Césars (French Oscars) and Best Actress at the 2017 Lumière Awards.

Watch the trailer at :

 https: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgcJSIcgMOs