April 22 29, 2020
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IFFBoston Fall Focus 2019

Nov
01
MARRIAGE STORY
7:00,
Brattle Theatre

$13 General Admission
$11 IFFBoston & Brattle members, students, and seniors*

*Limited to one ticket per screening per membership card or Student ID. Tickets bought online must be verified with your valid membership card/ID at time of pick up at the Brattle Box Office. Member discount cannot be combined with other offers.

IFFBoston members get priority seating for all Fall Focus screenings.


Fall Focus 2019 Opening Night Film

Revisiting some of the themes that made his Oscar-nominated film THE SQUID AND THE WHALE so resonant, writer/director Noah Baumbach digs deep into divorce with MARRIAGE STORY. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson deliver some of their richest work as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs.

Charlie (Driver) is a playwright who wants to stay in New York. Nicole (Johansson) is an actor who’s landed a coveted television role that requires her to relocate to Los Angeles. Their geographical dispute tests an already strained relationship. As MARRIAGE STORY begins, the couple’s divorce is already underway, with each enlisting legal squads deploying various tactics.

Yet Baumbach’s elegant narrative goes back and forth through time, showing how Charlie and Nicole fell in love and built a life together alongside a detailed, blow-by-blow chronicle of their marital dismantling.

Baumbach’s wise script goes from Bergmanesque drama, to dark comedy, to surges of suspense, and is complemented by the intimate 35mm camerawork of Robbie Ryan (who also shot Baumbach’s THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED)), and by the precise, lived-in performances not only of Driver and Johansson, but also of Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta.

MARRIAGE STORY may have an ironic title, but its divorce proceedings double as a moving post-mortem. Sometimes our most profound life choices begin to cohere only in retrospect.

—Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival

136 min.

Directed by:
Noah Baumbach

Starring:
Scarlett Johansson
Adam Driver
Laura Dern
Alan Alda
Ray Liotta
Julie Hagerty
Merritt Wever
Azhy Robertson

Friday, November 17:00Brattle Theatre40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge

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