The cracks in two seperate marriages begin to appear when an adulterous fling between Edith (Watts) and Jack (Ruffalo) begins become more serious.
If youre looking for a film to put you off marriage, children, affairs, and indeed life itself, look no further than this melancholic ensemble piece about listless adulterous couples in small-town New England.
Based on two short stories by Andre Dubus, it shows the burgeoning fling between Edith and Jack deepening the cracks in both Ediths marriage to self-centred writer Hank (Krause) and Jacks to highly strung Terry (Laura Dern). The presence of such strong actors recalls far better dramas about the pressures of monogamy; most recently Closer, which offered something this could seriously use: a sense of humour.
Impressive performances render well-observed scenes of intimacy and awkwardness eminently watchable, but the doom-ridden narrative becomes increasingly tiring.