VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver play a couple in crisis in “Marriage Story”, an emotional tale of a relationship falling apart and a project the Hollywood actress said she felt was “fated” as it came about as she went through her own divorce.
The “Avengers” regular and “Star Wars” actor portray actress Nicole and theater director Charlie, who go their separate ways when the former, feeling unfilled, returns to her native Los Angeles with their son to shoot a television series pilot.
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While Charlie at first believes Nicole and Henry, 8, will eventually return to New York, he soon realizes this will not happen. The couple want an amicable split but it spirals into something nastier when pushy divorce lawyers are called in.
The Netflix film, directed and written by Noah Baumbach, is one of the most eagerly-awaited movies at the Venice Film Festival, where the streaming giant won the top Golden Lion Prize last year for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”.
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Baumbach, whose last work “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” was also a Netflix film, has spoken of how he drew from his own personal experience of divorce and that of friends when writing the movie.
“Something that I discovered in writing (the film is that) … when something stops working that you actually acknowledge it or recognize it for the first time,” Baumbach told a news conference.
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