This year Netflix seems to have made the ultimate leap forward in the film world as well. At the Golden Globes just celebrated there were 3 out of 5 movies nominated to be produced by Netflix. An unthinkable result that goes beyond any logic. Last year it was Cuaron's "Roma" that started it all. This year "Irishman", "The Two Popes" and "A marriage story". And it is precisely the latter that is the subject of this article. An unexpected film, raw despite not talking about war or world hunger but about a "simple" and "banal" divorce. Scarlett Johanson and Adam Driver are Nicole and Charlie in this beautiful Baumbach film. They are 2 artists, married for years and with a child. A couple who are immediately introduced to us as kindred, accomplice, passionate and full of mutual love. Soon we will be catapulted into the harsh reality. This happy couple is now struggling with their divorce after years full of satisfaction and sincere love. A very simple plot that tells us about something that millions of western couples have in common. Perhaps this is also why what will be shown in the over 2 hours of the film hits us hard. Divorce is now such a common practice, so obvious in the Western world that it almost slips away without wonder, without even the desire to really understand what divorce means. This extraordinary film shows it to us, it shows it clearly through the emotions and the consequences on Charlie and Nicole's life.
A divorce can be emotionally devastating. It represents the end of something, the end of an emotion you have felt for a long time, the end of the responsibility towards your beloved or loved one. But it also represents the attempt we make to be reborn, to be reborn under new clothes, much more personal and independent. Often the divorce, as in the case of Nicole, is born from the desire to get involved and no longer be dependent on the rhythms and words of one's partner. But divorce is also an economic bloodletting. Ray Liotta and Laura Dern play 2 divorce lawyers who in a few months will divorce Charlie and Nicole's estate. The film on this point is ruthless in showing us how all that money could have gone to Harry, the son of the two, to take care of his education and guarantee him a good future. And instead, as often happens, we end up arguing about everything and wrestling with useless legal tug-of-war which has the only result of tightening the tone, draining the finances and making us forget all the good things that had been in life as a couple. Scarlett Johanson and Adam Driver are sumptuous in this film. Their intensity is enormous and manages to get into the heart of the viewer through every tear, every fake hate phrase, every little moment of change. A marriage Story is one of the most beautiful films of the year, intense and somewhat disturbing in its staging of a love that is over but never forgotten for the 2 wonderful protagonists played by Scarlett Johanson and Adam Driver.
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