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If You Don't, I Will (2014)

If You Don't, I Will (2014)

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Pomme and Pierre have been together a long time. Passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders. But there's a lingering optimism, a hope 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 an underwhelming life with Pierre. Pierre tries to get back to normal, despite his worry over her whereabouts and the indelible sense that he's 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. In the end, both are left to contemplate the strength and meaning of each other's commitment. (C) Film Movement

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Critic Reviews for If You Don't, I Will

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

The two leads have played romantic partners in at least three other films, and their unforced intimacy here brings a certain heft to the sketchy characterizations.

January 16, 2015 | Full Review…

A quiet, intermittently poignant portrait of two people who've lost each other and aren't sure they want to find their way back.

January 13, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Many of the jokes, like the ones launched at the expense of Mellie's son's psychomotor problems, aim at the easiest targets, leaving the final products simplistic if not offensive.

December 18, 2014 | Full Review…
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It's sprightly, funny and at times piercingly sad.

December 17, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Devos and Amalric, who worked tougher in Arnaud Desplechin's "Kings and Queen," win at least half the storytelling battle by seeming as though they actually have been sharing the same space, and the same life, for years and years.

December 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"If You Don't, I Will" is a dour, acutely observed comedy about marital boredom that doesn't glamorize or overdramatize the characters' angst.

December 16, 2014 | Full Review…

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In "If You Don't, I Will," Pomme(Emmanuelle Devos) and Pierre(Mathieu Amalric) are a couple whose serious money woes prevent them from even being able to pay John(David Clark), their personal trainer. That might be in part due to Pomme's being out on disability due to a benign brain tumor, from which she hopes to return from as soon as possible. In the meantime, she pays a visit to her son Romain(Nelson Delapalme). Aided by excellent tandem performances, "If You Don't, I Will" is a droll and perceptive comedy about relationships.(Hence the Gena Rowlands reference. Maybe.) At the center of which is how well or badly couples communicate. In this case, it is not what is said but what is not. Like, in the bus scene, I don't think Pierre was going to abandon Pomme but gave no indication that he was not going to.

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