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Married Life (2007) (C) - Anthology Ottawa

Married Life (2007) (C)

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"I was seduced... fun with bad behavior among attractive cheaters."  

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly.

A strong blend of suspense, star-crossed romance, and wry comedy of manners, Married Life is an unconventional human drama about the irresistible power and utter madness of love.

Harry (Chris Cooper) decides he must kill his wife Pat (Patricia Clarkson) because he loves her too much to let her suffer when he leaves her.

Harry and his much younger girlfriend Kay (Rachel McAdams) are head-over-heels in love, but his best friend Richard (Pierce Brosnan) wants to win Kay for himself.

As Harry implements his awkward plans for murdering his wife, the other characters are occupied with their own deceptions. Like Harry, they are overwhelmed by their passions, but struggle to avoid hurting others.

Married Life is an uncommonly adult film that surprises and confounds expectations. While it plays with mystery and intrigue, its ultimate concern is: What is married life?

In its sly way, Married Life poses perceptive questions about the seasonal discontents and unforeseen joys of long term relationships -- (C) Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, 2007, USA/Canada.

Starring Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams.

Directed by Ira Sachs.

Official Selection New York Film Festival.

Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival.

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