With or Without You


Time Out says

This humdrum drama about a thirty-something couple trying to have a baby lacks the ambition and intensity that Winterbottom usually brings to his work. There's something perverse about hiring a cinematographer with the visual flair of Delhomme and then making him shoot the film as if it's a small scale TV drama. Eccleston is Vince, the dour, suspicious husband, an ex-RUC man now working for his father-in-law. Kirwan is his wife, Rosie. They're trying to have a baby, but Rosie can't conceive and Vince grows increasingly jealous of her friendship with her French pen pal (Attal), who - again true to national stereotype - is as sleek, witty and romantic as her husband is boorish. Winterbottom's one real achievement is to make a movie set in Belfast in which, for once, the Troubles don't intrude.

By: GM


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Michael Winterbottom
John Forte
Christopher Eccleston
Dervla Kirwan
Yvan Attal
Julie Graham
Alun Armstrong
Lloyd Hutchinson
Michael Liebmann
Doon MacKichan
Gordon Kennedy
Fionnula Flanagan
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