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Married Life (2007)

Cast: Carolyn Field, Ken Kirzinger, Paul Rutledge, more...
Director: Ira Sachs, Ira Sachs
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Drama, Film Noir, Neo Noir, Crime
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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After entering into a passionate affair with a much younger woman, an unhappily married man resorts to murder as a means of sparing his frigid wife the humiliation of divorce in director Ira Sachs' suspenseful film noir. Set in the 1940s, Marriage tells the tale of Harry (Chris Cooper) -- a man whose faithful but emotionally distant wife (Patricia Clarkson) has become all but impossible to love. Smitten by the beautiful Kay (Rachel McAdams) but ultra-sensitive to the shame associated with divorce, Harry opts to poison his wife as a means of allowing the marriage to end with her pride still intact. Harry's scheme soon goes horribly awry, however, when after revealing the plan to his best friend, Richard (Pierce Brosnan), Richard too falls in love with the ethereal young beauty and sets into motion a cunning plan all his own. A serpentine tale of murderous deception, Marriage was co-scripted by director Sachs and screenwriter Oren Moverman. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Chris Cooper made his film debut in John Sayles's Matewan. In the 20 years since, his career has been defined by a remarkable wealth and variety of interesting characters and intense performances in films as diverse as Lone Star, American Beauty, Seabiscuit and Capote. He won an Oscar for Adaptation and his unsettling incarnation of CIA traitor Robert Hanssen in Breach was mesmerizing. He takes another rare leading role in Ira Sachs' Married Life, an unusual genre mix that combines period style and a story of adultery and one man's plot to murder his wife with a comedy of manners approach and a serious conversation about love and desire and marriage and relationships.

GreenCine had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Cooper about Married Life, married life, and a career playing such a diverse and memorable set of characters. Read Sean Axmaker's interview with Chris Cooper here: Full article >>

Note: Release date postponed.

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