Hi there! So, in a very "post Valentine's day" spirit, the movies this Monday will explore closure and the deterioration of relationships within marriage, showing:
Scenes from a marriage (1973), Ingmar Bergman
The story explores the disintegration of a marriage between Marianne, a lawyer, and Johan, a professor (played by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson) over a long period, using a restricted cast, a naturalist, hyper-realistic cinematic style, claustrophobic close-ups, and strings of rapid, articulate monologues. After major success in Sweden, the series became notorious worldwide when it was condemned for allegedly inspiring a spike in Scandinavian divorce rates, which almost doubled in the year of its release.
A trailer is available here:
The Kids Are all right (2010), Lisa Cholodenko
Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married couple living in California. They have each given birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. Nic, an obstetrician, is the primary breadwinner and the stricter parent, while Jules is more laid back and lives as a housewife who is starting up a landscape design business. While the couple is happy, and the family functioning well, it is also clear that their relationship has begun to go stale. The balance of this very suburbian, middle class family soon is threatened when the younger child, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), contacts their biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo)...