A photographer feels his commitment to his girlfriend beginning to fade when he becomes obsessed with an enigmatic client.

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Dana Adam Shapiro
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Chris Messina ... Theo
Rashida Jones ... Nat
Meital Dohan ... Subgirl
Zak Orth ... Quinny
Ivan Martin ... Will
Madison Arnold ... Mr. Margolin
Sarah Burns ... Ella
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Man
Hannah Gilli Hannah Gilli ... Hannah
Neal Huff ... Dr. Gleeman
Adam Pally ... Allen
Mason Pettit ... Groom
Samantha Sherman ... Bride
Gil Rogers Gil Rogers ... Mr. Lasky
Emily Tremaine ... Redhead
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The strained relationship of an engaged Brooklyn couple, Theo (Chris Messina) and Nat (Rashida Jones). Theo is bored with his job as a wedding photographer-the generic backgrounds, the artificial posing, the stilted newlyweds-so he develops an unconventional side business, called "Gumshoot," a service where clients hire him to stalk them with his camera. Becoming infatuated with one of his clients, a mystery woman who goes by the name Subgirl (Meital Dohan), Theo develops a voyeuristic obsession that forces him to confront uncomfortable truths about himself and his impending marriage. Written by vjn

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Drama | Romance

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Won Best New York Narrative at the Tribeca Film Festival 2010. See more »

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Hey Jo
Written by Dana Adam Shapiro
Performed by Dana Adam Shapiro and Lindsay Marcus (as Bummer and Lazarus)
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Waiting for the sequel to Monogomy... Deuteronomy
24 February 2016 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

I have no idea what my title means. But it was either that or attempt a lame pun about the Japanese art of paper folding.

"Monogamy" is a slow, stylish pseudo thriller about infidelity. But before you race into this expecting something racy like "Fatal Attraction", cool your jets, have a cup of General Foods International coffee and cuddle with your cat on the couch because it's more of that kind of movie. What I mean is that there aren't any erotic elevator sex scenes or boiling bunnies here; instead it's more of a deep, probing psychological exposé of a less-than-enthusiastic couple as they approach their wedding day. But it's told through an interesting story.

The story is about a photographer, "Theo" (Chris Messina), who is engaged to a musician "Nat" (Rashida Jones). Just as the sparks in their relationship are dying down, Theo takes on an assignment to candidly photograph the mysterious "Subgirl" (Meital Dohan) without her knowing. Thus, the stage of voyeurism is set, and when Subgirl starts doing naughty things, Theo begins to get obsessed.

Theo is not obsessed with desire, but rather he's obsessed with the notion that Subgirl and her liaison are engaging in extramarital affairs. And this begins to eat him up, causing him to be both jealous and secretive toward his fiancée Nat. As his obsession grows creepier, so the fiber of their relationship gets strained, and we begin to witness the downside of marriage before it has even occurred.

It may be useful to note that the writer/director of this film, Dana Adam Shapiro, in 2012 wrote the book "You can be right, or you can be married". I haven't read it, but we can guess from the title that it's not exactly a celebration of wedded bliss. It's a series of interviews with divorced couples, touching on the problems that led to their splits.

"Monogamy" fits in line with that description, and although it's listed by IMDb as a romance, it's hardly that. It might be worthy of note to mention that Dana Adam Shapiro has never been married, and neither have I. So I was able to enjoy this somewhat cynical portrayal of (impending) marriage objectively. If you are currently married... well, for starters do NOT watch this movie with your spouse unless you want a truly awkward evening. You might actually be more comfortable watching "Fatal Attraction" and reassuring each other that nobody's bunny will be boiled. "Monogamy", on the other hand, has a way of getting under your skin and making you wonder if there is such thing as everlasting fidelity.

The cinematic style is very artistic, making use of striking images, dramatic lighting and hand held camera work that keeps you in the "reality" zone. The darkness of the film lends itself to a menacing quality that makes you feel uncomfortable about everything. I would compare the style to the excellent films of Jay Anania & James Franco (Shadows & Lies, The Letter) as well as maybe Stephen Soderbergh (Sex Lies & Videotape, Magic Mike), particularly in regard to "real world" dialogue that seems improvised due to the natural delivery of the actors. This is definitely not a glossy Hollywood romance, so check it out if you're looking for something different.

If you have a short attention span, "Monogamy" may border on monotony. But hey, it's better than a boring night playing Monopoly. Or getting a lobotomy. OK I can stop now.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,476, 13 March 2011

Gross USA:

$21,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,527
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