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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.

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Tom Cairns

Writers:

Wallace Shawn (screenplay), Tom Cairns (screenplay)
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Cast

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)
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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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A surreal story of two people.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Wallace Shawn's Marie & Bruce See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,349
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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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La Cubanita
Written by Antoine Santiago, Jean Motos, Ramon Campos & Antoine Contreras
Performed by Los Ninos de Sara (as Los Niños De Sasva)
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The Ballad of Bruce and Marie
2 October 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee 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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