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DON'T WORRY, I'M FINE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Nineteen-year-old Elise 'Lili' Tellier (Melanie Laurent) returns from a summer studying in Barcelona with friends Léa (Aissa Maiga) and Thomas (Julien Boisselier), to discover her twin brother, Loic, has left home after a fight with their father, Paul (Kad Merad). Lili is distraught and unable to return to life as she previously knew it, unaware that life will never be the same again.

Review by Louise Keller:
Nominated for five Cesar awards and winner of two, this poignant drama about family relationships and secrets is both involving and surprising. Director Philippe Lioret has adapted Olivier Adam's novel with such warmth and humanity, that we are immediately engaged by its characters. Melanie Laurent won the Cesar for best newcomer, playing 19 year old Lili, who is at a loss when she arrives home from studying abroad to discover her twin brother Loic has disappeared. Lioret firstly examines the profound impact on Lili as she loses the will to live and stops eating. This is a story filled with surprises, and just when you think you know where the narrative is going, there's a subtle shift in the direction. It is a character-driven story with plenty of heart and one in which a father shows himself to be the best judge of what is right for his daughter.

Although we never meet him, we sense the presence of Lili's twin brother Loic throughout the film. At first, after her return from Barcelona, Lili cannot come to terms with her twin's disappearance. She hears the song he wrote for her and cannot understand why Loic does not return her phone messages. The scenes when Lili is admitted to a hospital suffering from anorexia are overtly disturbing, but the arrival of a postcard (the first of many) from her brother, bring her the will to live. Lili then begins to make her own decisions as she leaves school and takes a job as supermarket cashier with her friend Lea (Aïssa Maïga). Theirs is a vibrant relationship, as is that with Lea's boyfriend Thomas (Julien Boisselier) who was brought up near Lili's hometown.

Merad won the Cesar for best supporting actor as Lili's father, in a sublimely subtle performance, as he accepts the blame and takes responsibility for the relationship gone wrong with her brother. There is much that happens in the year that passes as Lili travels to the towns from where Loic's postcards are sent, always searching for her missing half. This is a complex yet simple story about love, relationships and the paths with which they connect.

Published August 14, 2008

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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

DON'T WORRY, I'M FINE: DVD (M)
(France, 2006)

Je Vais Bien, ne t'en fais pas

CAST: Mélanie Laurent, Kad Merad, Isabelle Renauld, Julien Boisselier, Aïssa Maïga, Simon Buret, Christophe Rossignon, Eric Herson-Macarel

PRODUCER: Christophe Rossignon

DIRECTOR: Philippe Lioret

SCRIPT: Philippe Lioret (novel by Olivier Adam)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sascha Wernik

EDITOR: Judith Rivière Kawa, Andrea Sedlácková

MUSIC: Nicola Piovani

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Yves Brover-Rabinovici

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Home Video

DVD RELEASE: July 2, 2008







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