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The Need to Know
1x90 minutes

Should they bring a baby into the world knowing they risk giving it an incurable disease ?

Suspense and romance create a moving atmosphere in this drama on a Bioethics topic.

Paul and Barbara are enjoying their new life together. They are going to have a baby : joyfully. the expectant mother is already putting together a layette. But Paul discovers a terrible family secret: his brother is experiencing the early symptoms of an incurable genetic disease. Paul. too. may be a carrier of this defective gene which might be passed on to their baby...

Faced with this terrible threat. will Paul agree to the tests which will tell him if he is a carrier of Huntington?s Disease?

Will the couple survive this ordeal which has put them in opposing camps over what to do? Will Barbara have the courage to bring a child into the world who might also be a carrier of this disease?

Step by step. the film follows the terrible dilemma of a couple faced with the choice of abortion or life ?no matter what?.

The director wields his camera delicately and tenderly to reveal the courage of the older brother who battles the illness? symptoms. In a very medically-aware society. the producer dares to ask those questions for which science often has no answers.

In addition to the enthusiastic and sensitive interpretation by these young actors. the film's theme is further enhanced by Michel Portal's jazz compositions.

It is a problem with no ready-made solution but love will find a way.

Year: 2002

Shooting Format: 4/3.

Directed by Edwin Baily
Casting Elise Tielrooy & Malcolm Conrath.
Production Télé Images Creation / France 2 / RTBF / CNC