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Scenes from a Marriage

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature themes, languid storylines in high-quality remake.

TV Max Drama 2021
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Beautifully acted, shot, and composed, this remake of the 1973 Bergman Swedish miniseries is high-quality, potent, grown-up drama that takes its time allowing its storylines to spool out. Not all viewers will appreciate the languid pace: the characters and their dialogue feel realistic in ways both good and bad. "Um"s litter their speech, characters talk over each other, they stammer and start to say one thing, but wind up saying something quite different. For viewers with patience, it's positively mesmerizing. It's clear from Mira and Jonathan's first moments together onscreen that this is a marriage in which things are being left unsaid; just what those things are comes slowly, but the slow reveal feels like real life instead of a director teasing us.

Chastain and Isaac do have potent chemistry with each other, and their relationship feels lived-in. There's a wonderful moment in the first episode in which the married couple brushes their teeth together after a hectic dinner party. The side of each sink is littered with cosmetics, his, hers; Jonathan, tellingly, spits without checking first that his wife isn't in the splashback zone; Mira's lips are tight around her brush, holding back the things she'd like to say if she were up for the chaos they would cause. In these moments, Scenes from a Marriage reveals its downbeat but painfully real message: Marriage sure is a great way to kill passion and romance.

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