After numerous disastrous sessions of marital mediation, New York City’s brilliant theatre director, Charlie, and the one-time Los Angeles movie actress, Nicole, decided to split up, putting an end to their decade-long marriage. However, divorce is horrible–and as the once-close-knit couple struggles to make it work for the sake of their eight-year-old son, Henry–vitriolic accusations and bitter resentment threaten the very foundation of Charlie and Nicole’s so-called amicable separation. Now, shrewd and absurdly costly lawyers take over, and things are bound to get messy. But, why are love’s wounds so deep, and cruelly painful? In the end, is love always forever?
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern
Review: Divorce is described in Noah Baumbach’s masterful Marriage Story as like a death without a body. Something has been lost. There is grieving, anger, denial. In his personal and moving story, Baumbach captures the insidious nature of divorce, how two well-meaning people who still care about each other will do things they would never think they would do.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn