“It makes you think, it makes you wonder, and ultimately helps you realize that you’re either happy with what you’ve already got – or you aren’t” – Clint Morris
Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts, Peter Krause, Laura Dern
If you’re the type that nods off even in the interesting uni lectures – then best spend your money on another offering, because whilst “We Don’t Live Here Anymore” is an intriguing experience – it’s mainly talk, and unless you’ve got a penchant for gripping chatter, your rear end’s probably going to hate you for it later.
On the other hand, if you’re married – you might just want to give this a whirl, it could – and I stress could, it might also send you in search of a Naomi Watts-type whose got a penchant for clothes-less cuddling up on rugs in the park – save you from a nasty divorce or heartbreaking spat down the line.
Largely a film about brave performances and inviolable subject matter, Director John Curran’s film – based on two short stories by Andre Dubous – centres on two couples who ultimately end up swapping partners, and how each is gravely affected by the seemingly uncomplicated decision.
Mark Ruffalo gives a rich and credible performance as the unhappy and confused Jack, whilst Naomi Watts gives a sexy, unrepressed turn as Edith, his best friend’s wife. It’s their affair that gets the ball rolling.
When it becomes evident that her husband is fooling around – or merely just unhappy with her – Terry (a very real Laura Dern) decides to go and get some of her own: with Edith’s husband Hank (Peter Krause), no less.
The swinging leads to pain on both sides of the fence though and it’s going to get messy before it gets better.
The characters here are much more credible and dipped in humanity than the similarly themed “Closer”, and as a result, “We Don’t Live Here Anymore” is a much more satisfying film. It makes you think, it makes you wonder, and ultimately helps you realize that you’re either happy with what you’ve already got – or you aren’t.
Reviewer : Clint Morris