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USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Verve Pictures
Cast: Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams, David Richmond-Peck, David Wenham, Anna Williams, Ty Olson, Sean Tyson, Anna Williams, Erin Boyes, Annabel Kershaw, Sheila Paterson, Timothy Webber, Rebecca Codling, Terence Kelly, Pauline Crawford, Dolores Drake, Carrie Fleming, Malcolm Boddington, Maria Marlow
Director: Ira Sachs
Countries: USA / Canada
USA & UK: 90 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some thematic elements and a scene of sexuality
UK Certificate: PG contains mild sex references
USA Release Date: 8 March 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 8 August 2008 (Limited Release - wider)
UK Release Date: 1 August 2008 London, West End)
A strong blend of suspense, star-crossed romance, and wry comedy of manners, MARRIED LIFE is an unconventional human drama about the irresistible power and utter madness of love.
Harry (Chris Cooper) decides he must kill his wife Pat (Patricia Clarkson) because he loves her too much to let her suffer when he leaves her. Harry and his much-younger girlfriend Kay (Rachel McAdams) are head over heels in love, but his best friend Richard (Pierce Brosnan) wants to win Kay for himself.
As Harry implements his awkward plans for murdering his wife, the other characters are occupied with their own deceptions. Like Harry, they are overwhelmed by their passions. but still struggle to avoid hurting others.
MARRIED LIFE is an uncommonly adult film that surprises and confounds expectations. While it plays with mystery and intrigue, its ultimate concern is: "What is married life?"
In its sly way, MARRIED LIFE poses perceptive questions about the seasonal discontents and unforeseen joys of all long-term relationships.