The director Allan King lived with the Edwards family before, during and after the course of filming. He chose them not out of proximity, though, but because they had the most personality out of all the other married candidates. See more »
This is a documentary about a real life married couple. It's not the type of documentary where there are interviews or anything like that. It's just a camera crew filming these people and their lives, and their interactions and their struggles and their constant fighting with each other.
One could be forgiven for not realizing it's a documentary, because of the way the story is told. But it's so great that it doesn't feel like a crummy reality show either. It's wonderful. It's raw and it's real. Or is it? Maybe the filmmakers just said it was a documentary when in fact it was staged. It's possible, but not likely, because that would mean the subjects were acting, and acting is never this good.
I saw a bunch of films by John Cassavetes where the couple are fighting and critics loved it and talked about how raw and real it felt. And I felt that way too about those films, and I still do to an extent, but just when I felt it couldn't get anymore real than that, I saw A Married Couple. It just feels so much more raw and in-your-face because you know that this stuff really is happening just as you see it.
And the way the whole thing is put together to tell the story is just absolutely perfect. I don't think anyone could have done a better job with something like this. It's just great and really fun to watch. You really get involved in these people's lives, and they're so caught up in things they seem to forget the cameras are even there, never looking at them, fighting as if they're alone, and even walking around naked. The crew probably even filmed the couple having sex, but I guess they had to cut that scene for obvious reasons.
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