With Or Without You (Revolution 1999, Christopher Eccleston, Dervla Kirwan)

With or Without You

Michael Winterbottom is one of the UK directors who has demonstrated a consistent ability to surprise and stand out.

In With or Without You, a romantic drama with a twist, Vince (CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON) a dour and suspicious ex-RUC man and Rosie (DERVLA KIRWAN) are a familiar couple living in Belfast. Having been married for several years and known each other for many more before then, they rub along together trying for a family and living the lives of 30-somethings. Despite the usual small irritations and the bigger issues of hating your job, their relationship seems relatively content.

That is until the arrival of a former pen pal of Rosie, a Frenchman named Benoit (YVAN ATTAL) whom she has not been in contact with for years arrives unannounced having decided to start a new life. As he and Rosie recall adolescent dreams Vincent begins to see him as the guest who won’t leave. While memories and dreams are recalled by the old friends confusion and jealousy consumes Vincent, raising uncomfortable questions, and smaller issues suddenly seem to take on greater significance, as his romantic and witty persona clash with Vince’s brooding.

One of Winterbottom’s strengths lies in getting the most from his actors and here reunited with Christopher Eccleston (who starred in Jude as well as 24 Hour Party People) Michael Winterbottom elicits striking performances that enable the emotions to shine.

Christopher Eccleston as Vincent Boyd
Dervla Kirwan as Rosie Boyd
Yvan Attal as Benoit
Julie Graham as Cathy
Alun Armstrong as Sammy
Lloyd Hutchinson as Neil
Michael Liebmann as Brian
Doon Mackichan as Deirdre
Gordon Kennedy as Ormonde
Fionnula Flanagan as Irene
Dan Gordon as Terry
Donna Dent as Lillian
Deirdre O’Kane as Sarah
Peter Ballance as Andrew
Thomas Baker as Gary

crew details
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer: John Forte

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Revolution
Year of Release: 1999
Duration: 93 minutes

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