Oscar®-nominated director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) returns with an incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
Driver is Charlie, a 100% New York theatre director; Johansson is Nicole, an actress and West Coaster who craves a healthier life for them and their young son. Accepting a temporary separation while Nicole takes a job in L.A., their geographical split tests an already strained relationship. Their eventual "amicable" breakup devolves, one painful blow at a time, into a legal battlefield with divorce lawyers (Laura Dern and Ray Liotta).
Delving into what Baumbach calls the "divorce-industrial complex" and all the emotional, legal, financial and parental issues that make people forget why they even loved each other in the first place, this is a beautiful and devastating look at a marriage's end. Driver and Johansson are exceptional - we wouldn't be surprised if Oscar® nods are around the corner for them both, and Baumbach, who has delivered his most personal film to date.Download Programme Notes (PDF)