Married Life. 2008. USA. Directed by Ira Sachs. Screenplay by Oren Moverman, Ira Sachs. With Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan. 90 min.
A strong blend of suspense, star-crossed romance, and wry comedy of manners, Married Life is an unconventional human drama about the irresistible power and utter madness of love. Harry (Chris Cooper) decides he must kill his wife Pat (Patricia Clarkson) because he loves her too much to let her suffer when he leaves her. Harry and his much-younger girlfriend Kay (Rachel McAdams) are head over heels in love, but his best friend Richard (Pierce Brosnan) wants to win Kay for himself. As Harry implements his maladroit plans for murdering his wife, the other characters are occupied with their own deceptions. Like Harry, they race towards their passions but trip over their scruples, seemingly well intended towards all, but truthful to none. Married Life is an uncommonly adult film that surprises and confounds expectations. While it plays with mystery, comedy, and intrigue, its ultimate concern is: "What is married life?" 35mm.