Married Life is a movie with many twists and turns and it places its characters in situations where they interweave in darkly comic ways. The film is really a period drama of manners that aims to model itself in part on Alfred Hitchcock's movies in their association of criminal innuendo with sexual mores. But whereas Hitchcock carries off his dark pieces in effortless style, this one flounders a little in the mix of the several moral dilemmas it creates along the way.
This is certainly not a film for everyone and it is not a moral movie at all. However, the film is different and dares to be so, and there are some very distinctive moments that make the film worth a visit for those who enjoy the genre of dark comedy. - Peter Sheehan, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting
Starring: Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Pierce Brosnan, and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Ira Sachs
Rated: M (mature themes). Out July 24