Fans of Melanie Laurent's move into English-language cinema (excellent turns in Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards and Beginners are not to be missed) will find Je Vais Bien, Ne T'en Fais Pas perhaps the best of her earlier work in France. Laurent plays Lily, who returns from a holiday in Barcelona to find that her twin-brother Loic has left home, supposedly after an argument with their father. Despite filling up his answer phone with desperate messages, there is but an eerie silence. The parents are evasive and Lily becomes increasingly frustrated by their passivity as she grows more and more convinced that something terrible has happened. Ultimately sure that he must be dead, Lily falls into a depression and refuses to eat. Hospitalised, strapped to a bed and force fed, her life is saved when a postcard from Loic arrives and things begin to look up.
Close observers will see the twist in the tale very earlier on, and the final act reveals subsequently lack any dramatic punch. Those who find themselves wrapped up in the mystery of Loic's disappearance and Lily's emotional and physical journey to find him will take a lot more from the film. Luckily, even if you know what's coming, Laurent's performance is strong enough to make it worth going along with the film's shortcomings. There are a lot of questions when the credits roll and not a lot of the answers will be satisfying, but Je Vais Bien, Ne T'en Fais Pas is still a pretty solid drama.