Ne Me Quitte Pas
U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Dirs. Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden. 2013. 107 mins. Digital projection. In Flemish and French with English subtitles. Bob and Marcel are best friends who live at the southern edge of Belgium—and on the fringes of society. Emotional Marcel is recently single and separated from his kids, while stoic Bob is a more established bachelor whose own family struggles loom further in the background. Together they form a strangely endearing comedic team, passing the days with gallows humor and easy laughter, while also drowning their sorrows in endless bottles of alcohol. The rare documentary that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, evoking everything from Samuel Beckett and American Movie 到 Celebrity Rehab, Ne Me Quitte Pas is one of the most critically celebrated works of nonfiction of the decade.
“If Jim Jarmusch made a movie about two alcoholic friends hanging out in the woods, it might look something like the Dutch documentary Ne Me Quitte Pas. Directors Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden’s hilariously touching portrait of bitter men drowning their sorrows in booze is the ultimate buddy comedy with brains.”— Eric Kohn, Indiewire.