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We Don't Live Here Anymore Review

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The cracks in two seperate marriages begin to appear when an adulterous fling between Edith (Watts) and Jack (Ruffalo) begins become more serious.

★★★★★

If you’re 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 Edith’s marriage to self-centred writer Hank (Krause) and Jack’s 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.

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