Monday, February 23

The DocYard Presents (previous events)Special Events Archive

Ne Me Quitte Pas


Directors Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels Van Koevorden will appear via Skype for Q&A

Details: 2013, Netherlands/Belgium, 107 min
Director: Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels Van Koevorden
Synopsis: Ne Me Quitte Pas is a tragicomic ode to failure. Set in a village on the edge of Belgium, Bob (Flemish) and Marcel (Walloon) share their solitude, sense of humor and craving for alcohol. They have agreed that suicide is the best way out if worse comes to worst. In that case, they have chosen the perfect spot to do so: under Bob’s tree of life.

Bob is a retired cowboy who loves his freedom and forest, while Marcel is trying to hold on to the family he is about to lose. Time passes slowly in the Wallonian countryside. Fortunately, there’s wood to be chopped, sticky flypaper to be hung and there are the occasional trips to the dentist. The remaining time is killed with drinking.

In direct cinema style we witness a Walloon carnival, a car accident and a failed attempt to find Bob’s son. Even Bob’s tree of life appears to have vanished. Despite all, the two men never indulge in self-pity. They stand strong together, until Marcel decides to stop drinking and Bob refuses to join him in rehab.

Ne Me Quitte Pas is a Belgian drama about life on the brink of society in all its beauty, modesty and irony. The authenticity of the main characters is painful and confronting, yet entertaining and utterly charming. It is a story about mortality in a place where time seems to stand still.

Winner of Best Documentary Editing at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection of IDFA 2013 and the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival

NE ME QUITTE PAS: Official Site | Facebook | IMDB | Facebook Event


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  • Monday 2/23 at 7:00 PM

Tickets $11 General Public, $9 Members & Students; Brattle passes not accepted.