Married Life

Married Life

Married Life
Ira Sachs' film noir relocates British crime novelist John Bingham's 'Five Roundabouts to Heaven' to the Pacific Northwest in the late 40s. Staunchly respectable Harry (Chris Cooper), married to warm and funny Pat (Patricia Clarkson), has been swept off his perch by the much younger Kay (Rachel McAdams). The unworldly Harry confesses to his bachelor friend (Pierce Brosnan), who takes an instant fancy to the luscious young mistress himself.

Harry, meanwhile, in order to spare Pat the pain of desertion, has made a solemn decision: as humanely as possible, he will murder her. [Source: NZFF08]
2008Rating: PG, sexual references90 minsUSA
CrimeDramaRomance
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Vulture

Vulture

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In Married Life, Ira Sachs aims a bit lower than Green but obliterates his target: The funny, the scary, the campy, the sad--they’re all splendidly of a piece.

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Variety

Variety

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The tone, casting and material form a less-than-perfect match in Married Life, a period domestic drama that never quite decides if it wants to be a credible marital study, a noirish meller or a sly comedy.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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More a case history than a devious puzzle, the movie is like a story overheard from the next restaurant booth: for all your curiosity as to how it turns out, you're not likely to have much personal investment in the people.

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Stuff

Stuff

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The film is filled with motifs from the 40s, the perfectly presented women, the ubiquitous cigarettes, and characters exclaiming "fix yourself a drink" as if a cocktail will solve everything.

3.0
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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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It's a drama with elements of black comedy and suspense, European in feeling but American in attitude. Just for fun, it's set in 1949, an era of glamour, of Hitchcock and of husbands even more clueless than they are today.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A combination of murder thriller and screwball farce is also a gently melancholy rumination on the nature of love.

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A quartet of great performances and gorgeous scenery go some way to compensating for some strange variances in tone.

0

Genre-Busting Movie with Emotional Depth

Ira Sach's first 'mainstream' movie is a tour-de-force for all concerned, combining suspense and humour in a way most other films have tried and failed at for years. the Hitchcockian story of a man ( Cooper ) who wishes to leave his sex-obsessed and emotionally frigid wife ( An erotic Clarkson ) for a younger and charmingly vivacious woman ( Innocently...

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

In Married Life, Ira Sachs aims a bit lower than Green but obliterates his target: The funny, the scary, the campy, the sad--they’re all splendidly of a piece.

0
Variety

Variety

press

The tone, casting and material form a less-than-perfect match in Married Life, a period domestic drama that never quite decides if it wants to be a credible marital study, a noirish meller or a sly comedy.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

More a case history than a devious puzzle, the movie is like a story overheard from the next restaurant booth: for all your curiosity as to how it turns out, you're not likely to have much personal investment in the people.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The film is filled with motifs from the 40s, the perfectly presented women, the ubiquitous cigarettes, and characters exclaiming "fix yourself a drink" as if a cocktail will solve everything.

3.0
0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

It's a drama with elements of black comedy and suspense, European in feeling but American in attitude. Just for fun, it's set in 1949, an era of glamour, of Hitchcock and of husbands even more clueless than they are today.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A combination of murder thriller and screwball farce is also a gently melancholy rumination on the nature of love.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A quartet of great performances and gorgeous scenery go some way to compensating for some strange variances in tone.

0

Genre-Busting Movie with Emotional Depth

Ira Sach's first 'mainstream' movie is a tour-de-force for all concerned, combining suspense and humour in a way most other films have tried and failed at for years. the Hitchcockian story of a man ( Cooper ) who wishes to leave his sex-obsessed and emotionally frigid wife ( An erotic Clarkson ) for a younger and charmingly vivacious woman ( Innocently...

4.0
0