Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach
United States 2019
137 min

Noah Baumbach’s new film begins with a young couple musing fondly on each other’s best points – a montage that feels sentimentally cosy until we realise that this ideal pair are actually deep into an acrimonious break-up. Nicole is an actress who has turned her back on Hollywood to work in New York with her husband, theatre director Charlie. Now she is returning to Los Angeles, and the differences between the couples, and the lifestyles of the East and West coasts, are tearing them apart – as is the American way of divorce.
​At once witty, insightful, and acutely painful, this beautifully observed piece is Baumbach’s most substantial and adult work to date. It is magnificently acted by the leads, while a superb support cast features Julie Hagerty as Nicole’s neurotic mother, Wallace Shawn as a narcissistic actor, and a trenchantly funny trio playing three very different types of attorney: touchy-feely but ruthless (Laura Dern), Terminator-ish (Ray Liotta), avuncular and philosophical (Alan Alda). You will laugh, you will certainly cry, and you will gasp at Driver’s emotionally note-perfect rendition of Steven Sondheim’s “Being Alive”. (Jonathan Romney)

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  • Scarlett Johansson - Nicole
  • Adam Driver - Charlie
  • Laura Dern - Nora
  • Alan Alda - Bert Spitz
  • Ray Liotta - Jay
  • Julie Hagerty - Sandra
  • Noah Baumbach
  • Robbie Ryan
  • Lisa Piñero
  • Christopher Scarabosio
  • Jennifer Lame
  • Randy Newman
  • Jade Healy
  • Mark Bridges
Heyday Films, Netflix


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