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We Don't Live Here Anymore -- Two married couples, who are all best of friends, encounter contradictory feelings when infidelity is discovered among them. Nominated for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
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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
Jean Raymond .... foley 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
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 G. Helme .... gaffer (as John Helme)
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
Kathryn Raphael .... first assistant editor: Australia
Brian Reilly .... first assistant editor: Vancouver
Garry M.B. Smith .... additional editor
Lana Gudlaugson .... post-production facility coordinator (uncredited)
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
Juan Acosta .... location production assistant
Don Andrews .... location production assistant
Grant Astle .... assistant chef
Jenz Bergren .... assistant: Larry Gross
Angela Brown .... stand-in
Alaina Burnett .... stand-in
Serena Caine .... security
Curtis Campbell .... location manager
Stacey Campbell .... location production assistant
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
Michelle Everaert .... location production assistant
Mike Forry .... assistant location manager (as Michael Forry)
Warren Dean Fulton .... production assistant
Jennifer Gibson .... stand-in
Aaron Grain .... stand-in
David Hadley .... production coordinator
Nancy Heller .... assistant production accountant
Marie Hock .... location production assistant
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Victor Juralowicz .... location production assistant
John Knowlton .... key production assistant
Christopher A. Lambert .... location production assistant (as Chris Lambert)
Dean Lamont .... on-set tutor
Jayme Lemons .... assistant: Laura Dern
Linda Lichter .... legal counsel: US
Greg Lund .... assistant production coordinator
Dan Mackle .... security
Adam Mars .... location production assistant
Virginia May .... location production assistant
Stacey Moores .... craft service assistant
Stacey Moores .... first aid assistant
Juan Pantera .... location production 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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Hank Evans:Go to school.
Sharon Evans:It's summer. I don't have to. You go to school.
Hank Evans:It's Saturday. I don't have to.
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58 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Ferocious and Biting: Where "Bob & Carol and Ted & Alice" Wind Up in Reality, 14 August 2004

Director John Curran's "We Don't Live Here Anymore" is a continuously sizzling, attention-holding drama about two couples - best friends - who are perched precariously in twisted relationships that threaten their marriages and imperil the security of their children.

Jack Linden (Mark Ruffalo) is married to Terry (Laura Dern) and they have two small children, a boy and a girl. Their closest friends, with whom they spend much (too much from my popcorn-munching perspective) time, are Hank Evans (Peter Krause) and Edith (Naomi Watts). They've got one pre-teen daughter. Jack and Hank teach English literature and creative writing at a small college in the rural area where they live. Both aspire to be published authors of fiction.

Jack has a torrid affair going with Edith, who feels neglected by her husband. Maybe at heart she simply doesn't like him anymore, much less love him. Hank's a fellow who thinks that free love is a guiltless and fine option that should co-exist with marriage. He doesn't care if Edith engages in adulterous liaisons, a normal part of his married life. Actually he's an empty-headed ass. He certainly isn't in tune with contemporary legal standards about refraining from sexually-laced comments to female students. In addition to being an ass, it's fair to say he's a pig too.

Terry suspects the affair while also being pursued by Hank. Hank the skirt-chaser is imbued with a touch of sociopathy. No evidence of conscience or feelings about the harm he might wreak disturbs his calm mien. Kudos to Peter Krause for investing Hank with such single-minded devotion to self-gratification that the viewer constantly wonders, "He's got to be a mensch, finally, no?" No.

Terry and Jack's marriage is in a rut. Terry imbibes too much and as contrasted to Edith, as a housewife she's a bit of a sloven, a trait for which she's excessively berated by Jack. Ruffalo is alternately sympathetic and repelling as a guy auto-fast-forwarded to his mid-life crisis.

Surprise-as the relationships become more complex, psychologically and sexually, the kids, all three of them, are in the middle. Only Terry seems to understand, with the desperateness of a shipwrecked sailor clinging to a plank, that preserving her marriage is in her kids' best interests if not necessarily her own.

Naomi Watts, who co-produced the movie, is beautiful and her dalliance with Jack is, for her, much more than a regular tumble for sexual diversity. She's alternately funny and deeply wistful, not fully in control of her world. A fine acting job.

But the emotional core of "We Don't Live Here Anymore" is the stunningly brilliant, ever remarkable Laura Dern, one of the greatest (and shamefully most underemployed) actresses working today. Dern's Terry is confused and desperate at times but her strongest, most ferocious belief is that the center must hold. Her center is her marriage and kids. And she loves Jack as no one else can and as he is too blind to appreciate.

Dern deserves an Oscar nomination for her fierce, gripping performance. Her facial expressions and her desperate pleading with Jack reflect a woman who isn't so much afraid of a marital breakup as she is hauntingly, achingly aware of what it will do to their kids. Pursued by Hank, rejected by Jack, Dern's Terry wavers but always hangs on to an inner strength the other three protagonists never had.

"Bob & Carol and Ted & Alice" decades ago parodied the sexual revolution that included, for some, mate swapping and adultery as - almost - a rite of passage for young, well-educated, affluent couples. "We Don't Live Here Anymore" updates the pseudo-sophistication of that portrayal and blazingly shows the human cost that may or may not make adultery worthwhile. The end here is as reassuring as viewers want (or need) it to be.

The cinematography is excellent. The score, ranging from Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 to bagpipe music to an almost minimalist accompaniment to critical scenes, is well integrated with Larry Cross's crisp screenplay. The original short stories by Andre Dubos are well adapted.

A powerful film, "We Don't Live Here Anymore" takes what could have been a "B" soap opera and through the brilliant acting of the quartet of leading characters brings to life an absorbing and meaningful story.


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