When Robert's dad falls ill, Robert and Frances reunite in Ohio, where they reminisce about happier times, and deal with Robert's overbearing sister, Cathy. Back in Hastings-on-Hudson, Tom jumps at ...
A so far interesting and sometimes funny look at divorce
HBO's Divorce is a story about one particular couple, not all couples. This is representative of your divorce. Every circumstance is different. Sarah Jessica brings her eloquent, expressive and warmly whimsical acting style to the role of flawed but relatable Frances who feels trapped and repressed in her marriage to Robert, played by Thomas Haden Church. The pair seem oddly mismatched from the beginning, with Roberts brutish ways, crude humour and arrogant demeanor in complete contrast with Frances' refined ways.
Robert can frankly be quite a pri*k at times but you can see it's coming from a place of pain. He still loves his wife even though he knows it isn't working. A touching scene was when he placed his hand on her shoulder after breaking the news to the kids. He stepped up to the traditional "It's all going to be OK" patriarchal role of the father, even though it's clear Frances is the pants wearer and bread winner in this relationship.
I found myself sucked into this strange yet relatable world. Who hasn't felt the habits of your significant other once you thought cute at the beginning of a relationship, drive you crazy by the end of it?
I think it has struck a good balance between dark humour and melancholic reflection on modern relationships. I don't think it's quite there yet as sometimes it does feel a little forced. But like Netflix's Grace and Frankie which struggled with tone its first season due to the sensitive themes, Divorce too needs to find it's stride. I'll be sticking around to see what it turns into, as Divorce can't last forever.
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