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MARRIAGE STORY is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star.Written by
Masterful Performances in Noah Baumbach's Magnus Opus
Marriage Story is Noah Baumbach's magnum opus, an emotionally-poignant film that will surely be added the great canon of masterpieces and its awards-worthy performances examined in acting classes.
Marriage Story navigates the emotionally-fraught lives of a couple going through divorce and masterfully places the audience as a helpless invisible child witnessing the trials and tribulations Charlie and Nicole endure. The humanity, sensitivity and candor in Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson's performances coupled with an exemplary script provides for a grounded film unfolding with endless layers of depth that mine the audience of emotional catharsis.
The utter beauty of Marriage Story lies in its micro level of specificity, bolstering the authenticity of this tale. Much has been said about the film's big explosive fight scene between Driver and Johansson and its musical numbers. However, it's the smaller moments - the minutiae that really puncture your heart and drive home the tragic nature of divorce which leaves intense heartbreak and pain in its wake - its levels of hurt you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Soulfully quiet moments such as Charlie's trumpet which was once a prized birthday present from Nicole, lonely strewn across couch, untouched. Or Nicole tenderly ordering for Charlie after recognising Charlie's internal struggle to choose an item on a menu due the emotional toll of divorce litigation amplifying in his head. All of which beautifully illustrates the undercurrent of tragic love that exists between two people who once shared a loving relationship.
The entire cast is impeccable but it is Driver that threatens to steal the show. From the outset, he gives a restrained performance juggling a myriad of intrinsic emotions of denial, defeat, confusion and pain under the surface whilst on the outside, heart-breakingly and mostly fruitlessly going to the ends of the earth to try to keep afloat in the ocean of hurt. Tensions build and build until Charlie and Nicole finally surrender all of their darkest and malevolent thoughts in a chilling scene that sucks the air out of the room. Driver's performance here is one of the best I've witnessed in many years, it transcends the medium of film and feels like a sucker punch in your stomach to see Driver go to such a vulnerable and raw place. The dichotomy of pure rage transitioning into piercing sobs wracking his large frame will undoubtedly incite a flood of tears from the audience.
Despite the film's subject matter, love is at the epicentre of this film, a subject that audiences universally will identify with regardless of their martial status. Baumbach seamlessly delivers gut wrenching punch after punch that will break even the strongest of hearts yet, also mends it with beautiful glimpses of pervasive hopeful moments punctuated with humour that will resonate with you days if not weeks after the final scene.
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