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Review: 'If You Don't, I Will'

Review: 'If You Don't, I Will'

Breaking up is hard to do, yet entirely pleasurable to watch, in "If You Don't, I Will," an effortless fifth feature from writer-director Sophie Fillieres that goes down with the mildly spiked smoothness of a chilled chenin blanc or, to reference its funniest gag, deep-frozen Champagne.

Distinguished by exquisite performances from Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric as a bourgeois couple unsure when to call time on their marriage, the film initially follows the dry, droll template set by so many tasteful French relationship dramedies, before venturing into less comforting emotional territory for its final act.

In one of her more harried moods, Devos'...