An incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.
Actress Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and director Charlie’s (Adam Driver) marriage has reached a point of no return and they begin to undergo a difficult divorce that primarily centres on the care of their young son. As the battles grow more bitter and unhealthy, the pair try to remember what it was that they loved about each other in the first place, or is all that has transpired too much to ever turn back from?
The calm build-up to a hurricane of human turmoil - aided by a charming but melancholic score from the iconic Randy Newman - is so natural yet cinematically executed that it feels like an insight into the death of a real-life love. The powerfully acted ‘Marriage Story’ is something special, and ranks among writer-director Baumbach's best works.