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Married Life (Ws Dub Sub Ac3 Dol) [Blu-ray] [2007] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: Arabic, English, French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BL2VX6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in the late 1940s, and attracting a talented ensemble cast, Married Life surprisingly has slipped under the radar given the profile of those involved. After all, the cast features the likes of Pierce Brosnan, the always-wonderful Chris Cooper, the equally strong Patricia Clarkson, and Rachel McAdams too.

This company then come together in Married Life to explore the frailties and challenges of marriage, with Chris Cooper’s character soon wondering just how to go about leaving his wife, so that he can go to live with his girlfriend instead. That girlfriend also catches the eye of Brosnan, playing Cooper’s friend, and inevitably the complications build from there. Fortunately, director Ira Sachs (who also co-wrote the script) adeptly manages them, and it’s a film that gets through a lot, without ever losing you along the way.

The key strength of Married Life is its cast, who are on fine form here. The stand-outs are, inevitably, Chris Cooper, along with Patricia Clarkson, but it’s hard to fault the rest of the cast either. It takes one or two odd steps along the way, and the pacing occasionally gets a little uneven, but it’s a rich, bittersweet drama that’s got plenty up it sleeve. --Jon Foster

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Name-checking the top grade cast in "Married Life" - a sort of 40's/50's film noir tale of marital shenanigans - will be enough to draw most movie lovers in. And while Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams are typically lovely, deep and believable in their roles, it's the two men - Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper - who really get to shine.

Its directed by IRA SACHS and co-adapted by him and ORAN MOVERMAN from the 1953 book by JOHN BINGHAM called "Five Roundabouts To Heaven".

Narrated by Richard (Brosnan's character), you just know you're going to enjoy this story when you hear him casually say, "I always thought marriage was a mild kind of illness...like the Flu or Chicken Pox...to which I was safely immune". Brosnan's tone throughout the narration changes - at first it's sly and laidback and suave - so you're not sure if he's the good guy or the bad guy - or both - and nor do you want to know - because in this clever and beautifully revealing film, the finding out is half the fun...

And who out there in movie land doesn't want to see a film with Chris Cooper in it? Harry (Cooper's character) is in a stagnating but not entirely loveless marriage to Pat (Clarkson). Then along comes the young, alive and beautiful Kay (McAdams) who stirs Harry's very soul - but alas also grabs the loins of the caddish Richard (Brosnan) - his lifetime buddy and pal. Friendships are tested, plots are formed and everyone drinks loads of scotch and smokes acres of cigarettes and acts as if nothing is wrong...

The boys as you can imagine - given meaty material - are great. Warm, cold, up, down - Cooper layers his performance - and he slyly fools you too by doing so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg on 25 Jun 2012
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This film looks so different from The Delta and 40 Shades Of Blue (also by Ira Sachs) I found it intriguing in prospect, and it largely delivers. It has a rather cossetted look, as if locked into its world and forcing you to dwell within the same confinement, but this enables it to work its spell. It starts with a terrific title sequence which sets a fascinating 40s tone, a bit like Almodovar in sepia. The story is quite involving, and above all, brilliantly acted by all four players. It is much more rewarding than Closer or the recent Carnage, both of which also revolved around the dynamic between two men and two women, but were too cold and cynical to make a deep impact, I felt. This is not the case here, although the murder plot which is central to the film does put it into the genre territory. It's an elegant game of a film, but somehow it gets a certain warmth and the women carry this, really, particularly Patricia Clarkson who does something quite magical with her role. Chris Cooper is also amazingly good, because his role is almost impossible to bring off, but I thought he did as well with it as anyone could. I suppose it bears more than a passing resemblance to Murnau's Sunrise, in a way, although the tone could hardly be more different; it's certainly an interesting film to think about in relation to other films, but in the end it is not expressionistic so the murder motif remains poised between artifice and dramatic interest.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 10 April 2009
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I only bought this as a fan of Pierce Brosnan, as the subject matter and era of the setting didn't appeal to me too much, but having watched it last night I found it humorous and entertaining - the actors were all brilliant, particularly Chris Collins playing the tortured man whose life falls apart around him. Rachel McAdams was beautiful and glamorous and Patricia Clarkson was regal, with her character having by far the most unusual twist in the storyline! Pierce, of course, was gorgeous as usual, and has the perfect voice for the commentary, but I would recommend it to anyone who still likes a film with no sex/violence/ swearing - they're thin on the ground these days!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
Name-checking the top grade cast in "Married Life" - a sort of 40's/50's film noir tale of marital shenanigans - will be enough to draw most movie lovers in. And while Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams are typically lovely, deep and believable in their roles, it's the two men - Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper - who really get to shine.

Its directed by IRA SACHS and co-adapted by him and ORAN MOVERMAN from the 1953 book by JOHN BINGHAM called "Five Roundabouts To Heaven".

Narrated by Richard (Brosnan's character), you just know you're going to enjoy this story when you hear him casually say, "I always thought marriage was a mild kind of illness...like the Flu or Chicken Pox...to which I was safely immune". Brosnan's tone throughout the narration changes - at first it's sly and laidback and suave - so you're not sure if he's the good guy or the bad guy - or both - and nor do you want to know - because in this clever and beautifully revealing film, the finding out is half the fun...

And who out there in movie land doesn't want to see a film with Chris Cooper in it? Harry (Cooper's character) is in a stagnating but not entirely loveless marriage to Pat (Clarkson). Then along comes the young, alive and beautiful Kay (McAdams) who stirs Harry's very soul - but alas also grabs the loins of the caddish Richard (Brosnan) - his lifetime buddy and pal. Friendships are tested, plots are formed and everyone drinks loads of scotch and smokes acres of cigarettes and acts as if nothing is wrong...

The boys as you can imagine - given meaty material - are great. Warm, cold, up, down - Cooper layers his performance - and he slyly fools you too by doing so.
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