This portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together draws the rapid tangling and gradual untangling of impetuosity, resentment, and abiding love between a married couple (actor Nicole and playwright Charlie) negotiating their divorce and the custody of their son.
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FNC / MTL / 2019 / Entry 7: A very well executed take on the breaking of a married couple. Driver and Johansson delivers extremely human performances in complex roles. Baumbach' signature dramedy tone is an absolute marvel as usual. I just have some discomfort with how it kind of victimizes the man and demonizes the woman. Its a "Kramer vs Kramer" point of view again, but 40 years after it. Very good film though. 3.5
TIFF '19 Baumbach has crafted his most personal film since 'The Squid and the Whale' and found his own authentic voice here capturing the pain, futility and helplessness of divorce in all its' messy unfolding. Driver and Johansson give Oscar worthy turns here with able support from such luminaries as Alan Alda and Laura Dern. The script is just dynamite with nary a false note anywhere. This one stays with you.
This is how irrelevant arthouse film festivals have become nowadays ;P I took a flight to Venice, transferred by bus & vaporetto, bought an entry ticket to watch this double bill: the next month(s) Netflix release + the space blockbuster coming soon to a multiplex near you.