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Writers (WGA):
Andre Dubus (short stories "We Don't Live Here Anymore" and "Adultery")
Larry Gross (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 September 2004 (USA) See more »
Ordinary lives. Extraordinary emotions. See more »
An indiscretion between two close friends tears down their respective marriages. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mark Ruffalo ... Jack Linden

Laura Dern ... Terry Linden

Peter Krause ... Hank Evans

Naomi Watts ... Edith Evans
Sam Charles ... Sean Linden
Ginger Broatch ... Natasha Linden (as Haili Page)
Jennifer Bishop ... Sharon Evans
Jennifer Mawhinney ... Audrey

Amber Rothwell ... Lauren
Meg Roe ... Lollipop Girl
Jim Francis ... Joe Ritchie
Marc Baur ... Plumber
Patrick Earley ... Jim

Directed by
John Curran 
Writing credits
Andre Dubus (short stories "We Don't Live Here Anymore" and "Adultery")

Larry Gross (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Carlin .... associate producer
Ruth Epstein .... executive producer
Jonas Goodman .... producer
Larry Gross .... executive producer
Harvey Kahn .... producer
Ken Lawson .... co-producer
Robert Lee .... co-producer
Bernadette Meyers .... associate producer
Sanford Rosenberg .... co-producer
Mark Ruffalo .... executive producer
Michael Shepard .... associate producer
Naomi Watts .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Convertino 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alexandre de Franceschi 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Audrey Skalbania 
Production Design by
Tony Devenyi 
Art Direction by
Rick Willoughby 
Set Decoration by
Dina Holmes  (as Dina Zecchel)
Costume Design by
Katia Stano 
Makeup Department
Rebeccah Delchambre .... makeup department head
Maja Djilas .... hair assistant
Maja Djilas .... makeup assistant
Jullin Hadden .... hair assistant
James Dean Patten .... key hair stylist
Tone Rorvik .... hair assistant
Tone Rorvik .... makeup assistant
Bev Wright .... hair assistant
Bev Wright .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Ken Lawson .... production manager
Bernadette Meyers .... post-production supervisor: Canada
Douglas Salkin .... post-production supervisor: US
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennifer Kidd .... second second assistant director
Robert Lee .... first assistant director
Cathie McGaw .... second assistant director (as Cathie McGaw-Russell)
Art Department
Mike Allen .... paint coordinator
Shaun Bullied .... painter
Nicole Chorney .... set decoration buyer
Sally Cook .... property master
Thomas Craib .... set dresser
Gavin De West .... assistant property master
Candiss Foss .... props truck supervisor
Jilly Geer .... set dresser (as Jilli Geer)
Mervyn Hope .... construction coordinator (as Merv Hope)
Dmitry Kazak .... set dresser
Brian Lewis .... set dresser
Sarah Martin .... set dresser
John McIntosh .... head greensman (as John Macintosh)
Josh Plaw .... lead set dresser
Serena Steffensen .... set decoration buyer
Jonny Swift .... on-set decorator
Alison Walker .... set dresser
Leah Weinberg .... assistant set decorator
Scott Weisenburger .... set dresser
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound designer
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Lindsay Bucknell .... sound mixer
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... backgrounds editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... adr supervisor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue supervisor
John Curran .... sound designer
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor (as Dario Disanto)
Jannene Elam .... sound assistant
Scott Hinkley .... post-production sound recordist
Mark Klausmayer .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Kunau .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Matthew Kunau)
Jason Lecky .... boom operator
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Mike Paprocki .... sound effects editor
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Sharpe .... adr mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Steve Smith .... supervising sound editor
Noah Southall .... adr engineer
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant dialogue editor
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant sound editor
Jean Tejkel .... foley mixer (as Jean Raymond)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Ann Townshend .... assistant sound editor (as Anne Townsend)
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Rich Walters .... assistant sound editor
Ryan Whitehead .... sound assistant
Ryan Whitehead .... sound mixer: EPK
Special Effects by
Cara E. Anderson .... special effects technician
Rory Cutler .... special effects coordinator
Alan Robertson .... special effects assistant
Brett Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Dan Redford .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Shannon Abbott .... lamp operator
Michael Bruce Adams .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Michael Adams)
Michael Bruce Adams .... first assistant camera (as Michael Adams)
Thomas E. Bond .... camera trainee (as Tom Bond)
Aarron Brady .... grip
Gordon Carson .... camera operator: EPK
Jason Eaton .... lamp operator
Kimberly French .... still photographer (as Kimberley French)
Lee Gibeau .... grip
Matt Greenhough .... key grip
Justin Hanika .... lamp operator
John Helme .... gaffer
Ian Houghton .... best boy electric
Norbert Kaluza .... camera operator: second unit
Christina Kasperczyk .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Shannon Kohli .... lamp operator
Rod McDonald .... generator operator (as Rod Mcdonald)
Finbar McMillan .... best boy grip (as Finbar Mcmillan)
Robyn Moore .... camera trainee
Allana Murray .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Miriam Needoba .... camera trainee
Marty Nicholas .... grip
Wil Parrott .... grip (as Will Parrott)
Pascal Pillot-Bruhat .... lamp operator
Mark Roop .... generator operator
Paul Sigurdson .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Einar Sigurdson)
Pat Sloan .... grip
Tim Spencer .... Steadicam operator
Kwesi Thompson .... playback operator (as Kwes Thompson)
Katie Weekley .... second assistant camera
Richard Win .... second assistant camera: second unit
Casting Department
Eliana Carrillo .... casting associate
Audrey Skalbania .... extras casting
Eliana Carrillo .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tanya Berger .... costumer
Summer Eves .... costumer
Ruby Fleming .... costume set supervisor
Tara R. Hinecker .... costume truck supervisor (as Tara Hinecker)
Marie Hock .... costumer: prep
K.M. Lowe .... costumer (as K. M. Lowe)
Lara Lupish .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Brian Anton .... additional editor
Rodrigo Balart .... first assistant editor: Australia
Ed Dobbs .... color timer
Lara Ford .... editorial house manager
James Ilecic .... additional editor
Kath Raphael .... first assistant editor: Australia (as Kathryn Raphael)
Brian Reilly .... first assistant editor: Vancouver
Garry M.B. Smith .... additional editor
Lana Gudlaugson .... post-production facility coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Juan Acosta .... location production assistant
Don Andrews .... location production assistant
Curtis Campbell .... location manager
Stacey Campbell .... location production assistant
Michelle Everaert .... location production assistant
Mike Forry .... assistant location manager (as Michael Forry)
Marie Hock .... location production assistant
Victor Juralowicz .... location production assistant
Christopher A. Lambert .... location production assistant (as Chris Lambert)
Adam Mars .... location production assistant
Virginia May .... location production assistant
Juan Pantera .... location production assistant
Music Department
Michael Convertino .... musician
John Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Julie Eidsvoog .... copyist
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
David Fisher .... music editor
Peter Fox .... assistant music editor
Clayton Haslop .... musician
Will Kaplan .... music editor
Dennis Karmazyn .... musician
David Low .... musician contractor
David Low .... musician
David Marquette .... music recordist
Shawn Murphy .... music recording mixer
Brian Nevin .... music recording engineer
P. Daniel Newman .... music editor
Laurie Parker .... music supervisor
Lee Scott .... assistant music editor
Rich Walters .... music editor
Ken Yerke .... musician
Lesley Barber .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Vicki Brown .... driver: Laura Dern
Randy Caine .... transportation coordinator
Bob Chase .... driver: special equipment
Stefano Chimarios .... driver: cast
Keith Giesbrecht .... driver: Naomi Watts
John Johnston .... driver: cast
Gilles LaPlante .... driver: cast (as Gilles La Plante)
Steve Martin .... transportation co-captain
Richard Vanderkuip .... transportation captain (as Rick Vanderkuip)
Other crew
Grant Astle .... assistant chef
Jenz Bergren .... assistant: Larry Gross
Angela Brown .... stand-in
Alaina Burnett .... stand-in
Serena Caine .... security
Hilary Carver .... special publicist
Carol Chestnut .... legal counsel: Canada
Patrick Creery .... stand-in
Steve Curran .... title designer
Stephanie Daniel .... stand-in
Haven Elliot .... stand-in
Warren Dean Fulton .... production assistant
Jennifer Gibson .... stand-in
Aaron Grain .... stand-in
David Hadley .... production coordinator
Nancy Heller .... assistant production accountant
Joshua Jason .... publicist
John Knowlton .... key production assistant
Dean Lamont .... on-set tutor
Jayme Lemons .... assistant: Laura Dern
Linda Lichter .... legal counsel: US
Greg Lund .... assistant production coordinator
Dan Mackle .... security
Stacey Moores .... craft service assistant
Stacey Moores .... first aid assistant
Sandy Reynolds .... craft service
Sandy Reynolds .... first aid
Linda Riley .... stand-in
Trevor Sadler .... chef
Svatia Sakarova .... production accountant
Stephanie Sarin .... stand-in
Greg Scott .... stand-in
Joe Seal .... security
Stephen Spencer .... stand-in
Marnie Termuende .... post-production accountant
Samantha Thorson .... stand-in
Annie Wilkinson .... on-set tutor
Kris Wonitowy .... security
Peter Wonitowy .... security coordinator (as Pete Wonitowy)
Emmy Wu .... office production assistant
Pia Wyatt .... stand-in
Natasha Young .... script supervisor
Melodee Spevack .... voice double: Laura Dern (uncredited)
Rowena Arguelles .... special thanks
Jane Campion .... special thanks
Darryl Choronzey .... special thanks
Howard Cohen .... special thanks
Holly Collins-Kahn .... special thanks
Bob Curran .... special thanks
Bobby Curran .... special thanks
Mary Curran .... special thanks
Theresa Curran .... special thanks
Sarah Fabozzi .... special thanks
Peter Fenton .... special thanks
Gianna Giancarlo .... special thanks
Bill Goodman .... special thanks
Laurie Goodman .... special thanks
Shelly Hancock .... special thanks (as Shelley Hancock)
Peter Heinrich .... special thanks
Ishil Kaner-Carson .... special thanks
Rob Kaplan .... special thanks
Carolyn Katz .... special thanks
Kalen Keach .... special thanks
Kevin W. Kennedy .... special thanks (as Kevin Kennedy)
Nina Klingen .... special thanks
David Leuschen .... special thanks
Peter Levine .... special thanks
Gene Lushtak .... special thanks (as Eugene Lushtak)
Jun Makihara .... special thanks
Fernando Mata .... special thanks
Christoph Menardi .... special thanks
Simon Millar .... special thanks
Sam Mills .... special thanks
Herb Norman .... special thanks
Sara Reischman .... special thanks
Mark Shafir .... special thanks
Robert Stein .... special thanks
Jason Weinberg .... special thanks
Lindsay Williams .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content and language
101 min
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The Irish step dance scene starts with a cutaway where the center dancer is actually a male dancer.See more »
Jack Linden:He tried to defend all of those things to himself and suddenly felt the weakness of what he was defending - there was nothing to defend.
Unknown student:Bo-ring.
Jack Linden:Jim?
Joe Ritchie:So, everything in his life turns out to be false?
Female student:He sure doesn't do much about it.
Jack Linden:Doesn't do much? He finds God.
Female student:That tiny bit at the end? About seeing a light and there being no more pain, is that it?
Jack Linden:Heh. Well, the guy does do one major thing...
Unknown student:What's that?
Jack Linden:He dies. Or maybe Tolstoy didn't have it in his head to write some big uplifting story about the way we're supposed to live our lives. Maybe he just wanted to show us what it was like to die.
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Dern good film!, 12 September 2004
Author: livewire-6 from Ottawa, Canada

If "We Don't Live Here Anymore" had been made in the 1960s, it might have been titled "Jack and Terry and Hank and Edith". To borrow the title of another celebrated 60s film, "We Don't Live Here Anymore" is about carnal knowledge in the 21st century.

The film has a few interesting lines in it. Some have a hollow ring to them. Take the statement that "Even adultery has morality to it." The film does not appear to bear this out. Right or wrong don't seem to come into the picture at all. It seems as if anything goes as long as it makes people "happy". As Hank (Peter Krause) says, "It's easier living with a woman who feels loved" -- even if it is by your best friend Jack (Mark Ruffalo). Far closer to the truth is Mark's comment to his children that the arguments they overhear between their parents are just "adult foolishness". They certainly seem to be compared to the savvy of the kids, who are old beyond their years.

The situation (and the situational ethics) of the film may seem a tad unreal or surreal. But the film is solidly grounded in reality, as embodied by the environment in which the two couples live -- their home lives, their children, the very houses they inhabit.

The music of the film is well chosen, alternating between the drama of operatic or chamber music, and jazz rhythms that sound like a jungle beat -- the beat of sexual heat and passion.

The best of the four lead actors is Laura Dern as Terry. To my mind, she is the only fully rounded and entirely comprehensible character. Dern's setpiece speech about her husband treating her like a dog has the ring of Oscar to it. To be frank, Dern's shaggy mane and thin frame make her look a lot like a dog -- an Afghan or a Lhasa Apso, perhaps -- but she should definitely not be written off as a bitch. On the contrary, we understand and sympathize with her drinking and her anger at being cast aside by her wayward husband Jack.

Mark Ruffalo, as Jack, is harder to understand and to sympathize with. He comes across as too self-centered and callous. Even in his treatment of Edith (Naomi Watts), he seems to think only of himself and his sexual needs. He claims to "love" her, but their relationship is essentially physical. Jack is basically a wuss and a coward who, when push comes to shove, cannot leave his wife and cannot even be honest with his kids about how things stand between their parents. And you get the definite impression that Jack cares more about the children than about Terry. (That being said, the camera absolutely loves Mark Ruffalo with his dark, liquid brown eyes and full, sensual lips.)

By comparison, Peter Krause (Hank) and Naomi Watts (Edith) are less interesting and more like plot devices than real people. Hank is a professor and author with writer's block who has the hots for one of his students, but not for his pretty wife. Hank is no slouch himself in the looks department, but Edith's interests lie across the fence. It is even harder to understand their motivations than Jack's.

Still, "We Don't Live Here Any More" is a fascinating look at modern sexual mores, and Laura Dern is a powerhouse who lights up the screen. Again, don't be surprised if her name is put forward for the coveted golden statuette. You heard it here first!

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