A man who has made his share of mistakes decides to be a proper father in “I Don’t Care if Tomorrow Never Comes.” Convincing portrait of three people who barely know each other but head off on vacation together, is spare, disconcerting and strangely memorable. There aren’t many movies about women who show no particular interest in their offspring and experience no regret over missing their child’s formative years. Experimental-style pic has impressed international fest juries and hits Belgian theaters on Aug. 9.
Fortyish Jacques (Jacky Lambert), recently released from prison, has a 10-year-old son Roland (Robin Weerts), who is in foster care. In a polite yet borderline menacing scene, Jacques approaches the boy’s foster father (Jean-Pierre Weerts) in a grocery aisle to ask if he can take Roland to Southwest France. Soon after, Jacques bumps into Anne (Olga Grumberg), who is the boy’s mother but doesn’t know the first thing about him — or particularly care. Expectant aura haunts the entire pic. Proceedings may seem dull, but venture captures near-microscopic human behavior with eerie assurance. Transfer to 35mm looks very good and sound quality is tops.