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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)

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Written and Performed by Matthew Herbert
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Hate in love. Love in hate.
25 March 2010 | by monsieurhalifaxSee all my reviews

Marie. Bruce. Marie and Bruce. It's very interesting art-house film. It's so surreal. Both of the main characters are so annoying that they feel almost unsympathetic. The dialog is so random and unnatural. But I like it. As matter a fact, Marie and Bruce is one of my all time favorite film.

Marie and Bruce seem to have been in long marriage and they spend most of the days by nagging on each other and at the same time they both don't listen the other. It's kind of sadistic relationship. Like Marie says to Bruce: "Don't you get it, you're not even a living thing! It's easy to leave you because you're not real." It kind of works both ways. They are both zombies, totally numb. Marie mocks Bruce all the time but Bruce doesn't even react to those insults. Like he doesn't hear what Marie says. And every time Bruce starts conversation with Marie she just rolls her eyes and seems to be away like dreaming. Marie despises Bruce and at the same time she loves him. Like she says herself: "Bruce is like a god." Bruce on the other hand, doesn't feel any kind of sexual attraction against Marie. He tries to make a hit on a girl in a restaurant. He goes to the dirty hotel room just to watch the naked woman in a house across the street. He makes conversations with every woman on the party except Marie. Marie really enjoys mocking Bruce and she somehow enjoys the coldness of Bruce.

Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick were both adorable and their performances are very enjoyable.

Marie and Bruce is surreal love story between two tired people who are seriously tired from each other but they can't live without each other. I highly recommend this film but I have to warn, it's not easy peace to watch. There is lot of symbols and scenes that might not make any sense. Marie and Bruce is movie for a thinking person.

10 out of 10

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