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Marie and Bruce (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 2008 (Portugal)
Based on a play by Wallace Shawn, the film is a dark but comical glimpse at one day in the breakdown of a marriage.

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Based on a play by Wallace Shawn, the film is a dark but comical glimpse at one day in the breakdown of a marriage.

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The song that plays over the final credits (and that is also heard during the film, at least once) is a Portuguese "fado", a well-known music genre from Portugal characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics. See more »

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Written and Performed by Laurie Anderson
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My Dinner with Ennui
29 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wallace Shawn wrote the very fine 'My Dinner with Andre', a talky but sensitive film that created a niche for conversational stories without plot. Sadly the qualities of that play to film result did not make it with his MARIE AND BRUCE. On paper it looks as though this strenuously boring film should be worth watching: Shawn's previous credentials, the direction by Tom Cairns, and the presence of Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick together with little feature appearances by the likes of Campbell Scott and Blossom Dearie should suggest investing time in viewing.

Unfortunately the film's premise is so dull that even the technique of having characters speak exactly what is in their minds mixed with dialogue seemingly more appropriate for human ears and adding dreamlike sequences including some rather randy voyeurism - stage worthy though these techniques may be - just can't make this dreary story of a day in the dissolution of a VERY bad marriage work. The only character in the film with whom the viewer can empathize is a friendly dog. Pass on this sad flop. Grady Harp


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