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Marie and Bruce (2004)

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


Tom Cairns


Wallace Shawn (screenplay), Tom Cairns (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Marie
Matthew Broderick ... Bruce
Bob Balaban ... Roger
Brian McConnachie Brian McConnachie ... Guy
Tom Riis Farrell ... Frank
Robert Gant ... Bartender
David Wiater David Wiater ... Tim
Julie Hagerty ... Party Guest at Frank's
Kenneth Lonergan ... Herb
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ... Enid
Edgar Oliver Edgar Oliver ... Edward
Andy Borowitz ... Jim
Christopher Evan Welch ... Henry
David Aaron Baker ... Antione
Emily Cass McDonnell ... Bettina (as Emily McDonnell)


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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A surreal story of two people.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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The film originally premiered in the US at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2004. However, because of distribution problems, the film took a long five years to hit the US market (in which it was released internationally on DVD from 2005-2007), finally arriving on DVD in March 2009. See more »


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Unemployed neurotics in Manhattan
20 April 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Wallace Shawn, the author of "Marie and Bruce", who wrote the original play in which this film is based on, is a man whose work in the theater leaves a lot to be desired. I don't wish anyone the experience we had with a play he co-wrote with a brother and that was seen at the Mineta Lane Theater in New York about three years ago, in which the audience kept leaving the performance because it was insufferable. This same quality can be said about this adaptation of yet another one of his works for the theater.

Directed by Tom Cairns, who also translated the material for the screen, shows us a couple of misfits that have been together far too long and would have been better off dissolving their marriage some time ago. The main attraction for watching the picture was Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick, both great actors that put in a brave appearance to be in front of the camera playing these people. One wonders why hasn't Marie left Bruce a long time before? It's easier to see why Bruce has stuck to the situation because he doesn't have much to offer anyone else in her right mind.

The film can infuriate would be viewers who would not have enough patience to sit right through it.

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Release Date:

30 March 2007 (Romania) See more »

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Wallace Shawn's Marie & Bruce See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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