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Ne fais pas ça! (2004)

Joël is jealous and violent. After one crisis too many, Nicole, his young wife, returns to live with her parents with their three-year-old son. Joël hangs on, begs, threatens. One day, he kidnaps the little boy.


Luc Bondy




Credited cast:
Nicole Garcia ... Edith
Natacha Régnier ... Nicole
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Francis (as Miki Manojlovic)
Fabrizio Rongione ... Joël
Rüdiger Vogler ... Jérôme
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Sonia / Ruth
André Marcon ... Paul
Igor Widerski Igor Widerski ... L'enfant
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Le monologuant au comptoir
Barbet Schroeder ... Un client du restaurant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie-Louise Bischofberger Marie-Louise Bischofberger ... Un client du restaurant
Rémi Creissels Rémi Creissels ... Le barreur
Jean-Jacques Do Santos Jean-Jacques Do Santos ... Vigile
Bastien Ehouzan Bastien Ehouzan ... Le jeune homme
Nina-Karine Fortin Mono Nina-Karine Fortin Mono ... Couple sur le pont


It is the story of two couples. That of a young couple, Joël and Nicole, whose stormy relations will reveal and bring to light the much deeper wounds of the couple formed by the parents of Nicole, Francis and Edith. Francis, an artist who has devoted himself more to his work than to his family, will try to reconnect with his daughter, imagining that there is still a ground where we can plant something, because with his wife, and despite the feelings he has for her, it seems there is not much left to do. But Joël hangs on, begs, threatens. And one day he kidnaps the little boy.

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Don't do that ! (i.e.don't watch that!)
10 March 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is the story of two couples whose marriage in on the rocks.....

Although directed by a man of the theater ,the actors seem to be left to their own devices,waiting for something to happen concerning their character;they are like puppets the director uses now and then in a desultory way ;some scenes come at the most awkward moment : Nicole Garcia's kleptomania for instance ,but there are plenty of them ,the would be moving scenes in the cemetery are not the least incongruous.People like Luis Bunuel knew how to place side by side weird sequences and he had a good sense of humor at that,which is definitely lacking in this so-called "deep" "meaningful" hodgepodge, specially made for highbrows reading TV magazines dedicated to an "educated" elite .

The child is reduced to a prop ,no matter if he was almost crushed under a piece of wood,or could have been shot by a stray bullet ;there's also the obligatory bourgeois side :the restaurant -in which I would never have a meal ,never in a month of Sundays - is so famous Chinese (??) are interested in it ,the father-in-law is a tormented artist ,and the mother-in-law ,when she does not act the occasional shoplifter - and not to give to the poor- talks with her - absolutely unbearable- best friend about twenty-five -year-old men who are better at love than the old hubbies.What a drag it is getting old!

I really feel sorry for Nicole Garcia .

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24 March 2004 (France) See more »

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Hagyj békén! See more »

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Grenoble, Isère, France See more »

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