Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
A quiet, intermittently poignant portrait of two people who've lost each other and aren't sure they want to find their way back.
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.
It's sprightly, funny and at times piercingly sad.
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.
"If You Don't, I Will" is a dour, acutely observed comedy about marital boredom that doesn't glamorize or overdramatize the characters' angst.
The loose confidence on display throughout much of If You Don't, I Will helps make the material, however frequently (and often enervatingly) mined, seem fresh. Although dour, Fillières's movie is free of cynicism and bad faith, and buoyed by sly wit.
It's a magnificently acrid showcase for two idiosyncratic actors who seem uncannily in tune with each other, even as their characters are out of sync.
[If You Don't, I Will is] a disappointing, too-lean portrait of a marriage.
The actors play off one another beautifully, but the film bottoms out just as it's getting warmed up.
A playful yet ultimately profound feature, that is uncomfortably relatable at times.
The on-screen relationship is dead upon the first scene. There's no else to go but to divorce court.
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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