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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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The Ballad of Bruce and Marie
2 October 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Shawn's 'Bruce and Marie' has that feel of a conversational play. Well, it is based on Shawn's own play and portrays a day in the life of two couples about to end their dysfunctional marriage. Now, I did find the movie somewhat enjoyable mostly because of the comedic parts and the performances. However, in a conversational movie, dialogue is of primary importance and here it just fails to have that effect on the viewer. The lines are too ordinary and appear to lack the salt that makes meat tasty and this is where 'Bruce and Marie' lags behind. It needed more punchlines. Yet, Matthew Broderick and Julianne Moore make this an entertaining banter. Many have failed to see that Moore's Marie was supposed to be annoying. It's what years of bad marriage does. It makes someone more irritable and crankier while on the other end Bruce is more relaxed and at the same time seeking comfort elsewhere. So, in a bad marriage, one is either bitter and lonely or one is lonely and seeking comfort somewhere outside. The interaction between the characters are fun to watch. The dream sequences are well shot as Shawn manages to express that dreamy feel of the scene. The director does make his point clear and the film ends beautifully.


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