Mikaël is a night doctor who treats patients from inner-city neighbourhoods, as well as those nobody else wants to see: drug addicts. His life is a chaotic mess. He is torn between his wife and his mistress, while also being caught up in an attempt to traffic fake prescription drugs with his pharmacist cousin. Mikaël has no other choice: tonight, he has to take his life back into his own hands.
The screenplay of Médecin de Nuit (The Night Doctor) is based on two trials that the director attended, involving several doctors accused of collaborating in trafficking Subutex medication. These real-life events are brilliantly transformed by Elie Wajeman into a social and existentialist crime film. Aware of the risks he is taking but also torn between conflicting morals, Mikaël operates within a grey area between legal and illegal, as part of an on-going dramatic tension that unfolds over a single night.
In order to fully prepare Vincent Macaigne for the role and teach him the correct language, gestures and behaviour to use with patients, Elie Wajeman immersed him into these surroundings with the help of one of his friends: