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‘Marriage Story’ Review: A Dive Between the Dichotomies of Love and Heartbreak

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If you thought director/writer Noah Baumbach perfectly depicted a family amidst divorce with The Squid and the Whale, his latest film Marriage Story will prove he was only scratching the surface until now. Few modern directors show relationships as complicated and nuanced as Bambauch has done and he’s far from finished on the subject. In his new film starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, Baumbach takes on the deterioration of a partnership without filtering the ugliness, uncertainty, and irony in one of the most touching films of this year.

Marriage Story begins with the two voiceover narrations. Charlie (Driver) describes what he loves about his actress wife over scenes of happy moments in their marriage. His wife Nicole (Johansson) does the same for Charlie, admiring his work as a theater director and as a father. They seem to know one another in a way we all hope to when we fall in love with someone, but that ideal is shattered when the film cuts to them in couples therapy. The beautiful voice-overs we heard were letters they were supposed to read to each other in therapy, but Nicole refuses to. Despite hearing the love that still exists between them, there is also a rift between them that only continues to grow throughout the film.

Despite the success of Charlie and Nicole’s latest play, Nicole........

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