Ne me quitte pas

Directed by Niels van Koevorden and Sabine Lubbe Bakker

Starring Bob and Marcel

The film tells the story of two friends who want to disappear from life. While their country Belgium is falling apart, two lost souls cling to each other.


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  • ★★★★ review by PacificBeliefs on Letterboxd

    The implied reality of documentary film for this soused tragicomedy acts both as carrot and rod as the viewer feels both inspired and implicated by the events that unfold. Humbling moments of human honesty litter the cinematic road as the pickled pair dredge through dark ravines of suffering and shame, to the point of genuine danger. This, much like Kevin Carter's Pulitzer Prize winner, leaves us wondering if a documentarian’s decision not to impede upon events could prove to be an act of purposeful euthanasia or, worse still, manslaughter.

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  • ★★★★ review by Yaared Al-Mehairi on Letterboxd

    So once they're all gone, how long will it take to make my dentures?

  • ★★★★ review by thefilmcynic on Letterboxd

    Felt bad drinking while watching this one.

  • ★★★½ review by Lianne Motshagen on Letterboxd

    The first 15 minutes I doubted if this documentary was my thing, but after that I did get sweeped into the story of this two special, humoristic and, sorry to say, also a bit sad men... Nice watch!

  • ★★★½ review by HollandFocus on Letterboxd

    Belgians Marcel and Bob both like a tipple, and the fact that at least one of them is an alcoholic shouldn't at all detract from that statement -- irrespective of dependency, drinking is something that they most certainly enjoy, and it appears to be the basis for their friendship. Despite this common ground, they're rather different characters -- Francophone Marcel, who readily owns up to his alcoholism and seeks treatment for it, seems relatively thin-skinned when compared to the sharper, older, more pragmatic Bob, a Flemish speaker who claims he can stop drinking any time he chooses (it may be closer to the truth to suggest that Bob seems to be a model functioning alcoholic). We see them in a number of situations together -- at the dentist, in hospital, following the departure of Marcel's wife and kids, and so on. They are also shown separately, most notably when we see Bob's attempts to reconnect with family members and Marcel's detox. Bob is by far the more interesting (and less infuriating) of the two, and while both men (and their friendship) make for reasonable documentary material, they are nowhere near as interesting or engaging as the filmmakers seem to think. Worthwhile, but, as with its two subjects, "Ne me quitte pas" doesn't quite fulfill its potential.

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