Review: ‘I Don’t Care if Tomorrow Never Comes’

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.

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.

I Don't Care if Tomorrow Never Comes

Belgium

Production

A Lumiere release (in Belgium) of a La Parti Production production with aid from the Belgian Cinema Center. (International sales: La Parti Production, Brussels.) Produced by Guillaume Malandrin, Philippe Kauffman, Vincent Tavier, Stephane Vuillet. Directed by Guillaume Malandrin. Screenplay, Jacky Lambert, Stephane Malandrin, Guillaume Malandrin.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Nicolas Guicheteau; editor, Anne-Laure Guegan; music, Jeff Mercelis; sound (Dolby), David De Four. Reviewed at Avignon Film Festival (competing), France, June 24, 2006.  (Also in Cannes Film Festival --  ACID screenings; Montreal, Rotterdam film festivals.) Original title: Ca m'est egal si demain n'arrive pas. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

Jacky Lambert, Olga Grumberg, Robin Weerts, Jean-Pierre Weerts, Philippe Demartin.
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