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For the most part, writer-director Sophie Fillières' If You Don't, I Will strikes an engaging tone of melancholic humor through its portrait of a French marriage slowly falling to pieces.
Distinguished by exquisite performances from Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric as a bourgeois couple unsure when to call time on their marriage, the pic initially follows the dry, droll template set by so many tasteful French relationship dramedies, before venturing into less comforting emotional territory for its final act.
Much of the film's appeal lies in watching the two lead actors enact subtle, honest moments of observed behavior.
A quiet, intermittently poignant portrait of two people who've lost each other and aren't sure they want to find their way back.
While you may be left craving more emotional fireworks than you get, Fillières's intelligent film is accomplished in its portrayal of a marriage in crisis, the union's last gasps rife with poignant exchanges.
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.
The New York Times
If You Don't, I Will is a dour, acutely observed comedy about marital boredom that doesn't glamorize or overdramatize the characters' angst. Its lived-in performances evoke an excruciating stalemate that can be ended only by a radical break.
It's sprightly, funny and at times piercingly sad.
Shot in pedestrian fashion, it is set in an intriguing and entirely foreign milieu, but the film ends up just too inscrutable and oblique for us to really engage with it, or its often incomprehensibly motivated characters.
The actors play off one another beautifully, but the film bottoms out just as it's getting warmed up.

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