About this movie
A sure bet to garner a handful of Oscar nominations, writer-director Noah Baumbach’s (Greenberg, The Meyerowitz Stories) perfectly marvellous drama is hilarious and heartbreaking by turns as it dissects the dissolution of a marriage. As the film opens, Nicole and Charlie (Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, both flawless), married with an eight-year-old son, are separating. She’s an actress with an opportunity to break through via a role in Los Angeles, and his career as an off-Broadway playwright means he isn’t moving cross-country. But they are a smart and amicable pair, and they are sure they can break up and remain close. Or can they? What follows is a compassionate, funny, sad, and resolutely clear-eyed anatomy of a marriage that blends the wit of classic Woody Allen with the hard-edged honesty of Ingmar Bergman. Extraordinary in every way!
‘Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are terrific… Baumbach’s superb [drama is] a glorious laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud portrait of a relationship in its death throes… This wonderfully sweet, sad and funny film simply delivers more moment-by-moment pleasure than anything else around… It is adroitly balanced and emotionally calibrated… Johansson has never been smarter or more charismatic than in this film, and Driver’s great Easter Island statue face was never more alluring. Run, don’t walk, to any cinema showing this.’—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian