ARRETE OU JE CONTINUE / IF YOU DON’T, I WILL

SYNOPSIS
Sophie Fillières sharply observed If You Don’t, I Will concerns the strained,
often caustic interactions between a long-term couple, exploring the
ways that spouses become fiercely invested in perpetuating their own
immiserating dynamic. Pomme (Emmanuelle Devos) and Pierre (Mathieu
Amalric) have long settled into a passive-aggressive push-pull; their
communication barely conceals the fury that simmers beneath each
exchange. Like most unhappy couples, these Lyonnais spouses feel no
shame in performing their acrimony in front of others, whether mutual
friends or strangers at a party. Yet although dour, Fillières’s movie is
free of cynicism and bad faith, and buoyed by sly wit. That Pomme and
Pierre are played by two of France’s finest actors (and frequent costars;
Devos and Amalric are veterans of Arnaud Desplechin’s ensemble-driven
productions) also ensures that these scenes from a marriage aren’t
unremittingly bleak. Even in Pomme and Pierre’s lowest moments, there
are still flashes of tenderness, reminders that these adversaries once
really liked each other and maybe still do but have forgotten how to. By
film’s end, they’ve reached a fragile, touching entente, one that follows
Pomme’s extended solo sojourn in the nearby woods.

“Genuinely funny, [with] terrific comic timing.”
—The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR
Sophie Fillières

SCREENPLAY
Sophie Fillières

CAST
Mathieu Amalric
Anne Brochet
Emmanuelle Devos

GENRE Comedy
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 102’
PRODUCTION France, 2014
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement