Micro-aggressions and misery: why Marriage Story is a rare example of a Hollywood divorce film

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Noah Baumbach’s film doesn’t just put you off divorce – it puts you off marriage in the first placeIt is amazing how much great pop music has been inspired by break-ups – and how little great cinema.

Perhaps we are happier dealing with heartbreak via three minutes of Adele or Fleetwood Mac than we are poring over it in live-action detail for two hours.

Give us a romcom any day.

This is what makes Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, if not exactly refreshing, at least very honest.Marriage Story is one of the rare movies to stare divorce in the face.

Or faces.

Intensely focused on its unhappy couple (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson), it tracks the mechanics of the modern break-up with compassion and wit but also unsentimental precision: the micro-aggressions, the macro-aggressions, the custody tug of war, the bittersweet vestiges of love,

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