"Perceptive and subtle... painful, funny, deeply complex"
"Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric portray [a marriage] with a subtlety and depth that let you glimpse their rich shared history, as well as their dismal present"
New York Times
½ "Grimly hilarious"
"If You Don't, I Will strikes an engaging tone of melancholic humor"
"Modest, intelligent... Although dour, Fillières's movie is free of cynicism and bad faith, and buoyed by sly wit"
"Breaking up is hard to do, yet entirely pleasurable to watch, in If You Don't, I Will, an effortless fifth feature from writer-helmer Sophie Fillières that goes down with the mildly spiked smoothness of a chilled chenin blanc"
"What happens to a marriage once the early ardor cools? That's the central question in this likable drama... explored by writer-director Fillières...in a refreshingly low-key way"
Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Emmanuelle Devos (Kings and Queen) are Pierre and Pomme, a couple whose marriage is on the verge of collapsing. As Pierre goes through the motions of his daily routine while hardly disguising his anger, a bewildered Pomme sees the signs of an impending crisis, searching for ways to reconnect with her partner. "We don't dance anymore, we grow old," she complains, before pulling Pierre onto the dance floor at a party. But their attempts to rekindle the passion are inevitably, sometimes comically, thwarted. Passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders. However, there is a mutual hope that they can return to the couple they used to be, attending chic art openings and sharing a laugh like young lovers.
On a hike together one afternoon, Pomme declares her independence by deciding to stay in the woods rather than return to a predictable life with Pierre. Pierre tries to get back to normal, despite his concern over her whereabouts and the indelible sense that he is missing his better half. Meanwhile, Pomme begins an extended meditation in the forest on where her own life should go next, with or without Pierre. With wry humor and great delicacy, filmmaker Sophie Fillières (Gentille) crafts an intimate portrait of a pivotal moment in a long-term relationship.
Directed by Sophie Fillières, France, 2014, 102 mins. In French with English subtitles.
- Fri., Jan. 16 at 7 & 9 pm
- Sat., Jan. 17 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
- Sun., Jan. 18 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
- Mon.Thurs., Jan. 1922 at 7 & 9 pm
$10 general admission
The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.
For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.