Don't Worry, I'm Fine

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Back from a holiday in Spain, Lili, 19, finds that Loïc, her twin brother, has left the house following a row with their father…

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.5/10 (3,684 voted)

Philippe Lioret

Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Kad Merad, Isabelle Renauld

Back from a holiday in Spain, Lili, 19, finds that Loïc, her twin brother, has left the house following a row with their father. She disapproves of her parents' apparently light attitude and is particularly shocked by her father's reluctance to even talk about the event. Lili desperately waits for a phone call from Loïc but her brother shows no sign of life. It is not long before Lili falls into depression and her condition quickly deteriorates. She won't eat anymore and is about to die when, at long last, a postcard written and sent by Loïc brings her back to life…

Writers: Philippe Lioret, Olivier Adam


Mélanie Laurent

Elise "Lili" Tellier

Kad Merad

Paul Tellier

Isabelle Renauld

Isabelle Tellier

Julien Boisselier

Thomas dit "Grenouille"

Aïssa Maïga


Simon Buret

L'ami de Loïc

Christophe Rossignon

Le professeur du couloir

Eric Herson-Macarel

Le premier professeur

Thierry Lavat

Le deuxième professeur

Emmanuel Courcol

Le médecin de Vigneux

Martine Chevallier

La première infirmière

Marie-Flore Limal

La voisine de chambre de Lili

Jean-Yves Gautier

Le médecin-chef

Nathalie Besançon

La seconde infirmière

Thibault de Montalembert

Le psychiatre

Release Date: 6 September 2006

Filming Locations: Reims, Marne, France

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User Review

Fine low-keyed family mystery from Philippe Lioret

Rating: 8/10

When nineteen-year-old Lili Tellier (the sweet, pretty Mélanie Laurent)
returns to her parents' cookie-cutter suburban house after a summer
studying in Barcelona she's told that after a fight with their father
Paul (Kad Merad) over his messy room her fraternal twin Loïc has run
off without explanation. We don't know much about Loïc other than that
he is a talented musician-songwriter and a rock climber who abhors his
dad's drab conformist commuter-train life. Waiting in vain for a call
back on her cell phone, Lili is so deeply troubled by the news of
Loïc's disappearance that she eats nothing for the next eight or nine
days. She collapses and is taken to a psychiatric hospital where she's
put to bed and she and her parents are told she can't see anyone till
she eats. This she refuses to do and her condition steadily worsens.

Protesting this regime, Lili's father forces the doctor to let her see
a letter that has come from Loïc. She gets better and is released and
letters keep coming. They show Loïc is drifting from town to town,
surviving on odd jobs and playing his guitar for money. Lili stays out
of school and becomes a supermarket checkout person like fellow
university student Léa (the radiant Aïssa Maïga of Bamako) who became a
good pal in Barcelona, and socializes with her and Léa's meteorologist
boyfriend Thomas (Julien Boisselier), who helped try to "spring" Lili
during her psychiatric confinement. Loïc's letters are a mixed
blessing. They give her a thread of hope but leave her in much doubt.
Lili can't move forward with her life until she has learned more about
Loïc and actually seen him. Is he homeless and desperate or just
finding himself? Is there some deeper cause for his absence than a
fight over a messy room – as one would think – and as the psychiatrist
said there must have been a deeper cause for Lili's depression than her
brother's disappearance? Melanie Laurent has to be the film's center
and its mirror. She must achieve balance, suffering and fading yet
still somehow appearing to remain alive also to a future as yet
undetermined. Isabelle Renauld as Isabelle, Lili's mother, is harried
yet always appealing. Paul (Kad Merad) is perhaps the most important
character, a drab office worker, a shut-down dad, repressing his anger
and self-pity, seemingly without emotion, but capable of more than it
seemed. As Lili grows closer to the sensitive and pained looking
Thomas, she learns that he and she grew up nearby and have similar
backgrounds. The exotic and lovely Léa goes to Mozambique. Lili decides
to move out of the house and Paul has new plans for himself and his

Don't Worry holds surprises in store for us. You might call it a
mystery of family life. The film's delicate accomplishment is in the
way it reveals a secret world hidden in the heart of the commonplace,
love behind indifference, a lust for adventure behind timidity. Things
are not as they seem. Like a book Thomas presents to Lili, the story
ends in a way that is partly sad and partly not.

To some extent the film stands or falls on its surprises because they
are the necessary stepping-stones out of the drabness. The suburban
setting is also central – identical houses that kill the soul highlight
emotional ties that alone make life bearable. Lioret works in wide
screen, with a bright, conventional palette. The depression happens in
the light of day, where it's most hopeless and inescapable. There is
nothing chic or showy about this film; it avoids either the glamour of
elegance or the glamour of destitution and places its events right at
our doorsteps. We may feel a little manipulated in the withholding of
key information till the end, but this is how we're drawn into the
characters' claustrophobic world. The acting is fine and the changes
are subtly modulated, and Don't Worry succeeds in making us both feel
and think.

Part of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center, New York,
March 2007, Don't Worry had five César nominations and two wins —
Meilleur Espoir Féminin for Mélanie Laurent and Best Supporting Actor
for Kad Merad. No US distributor.