A wry blend of dark humor, romantic
deception, and stylish melodrama—with an invigorating dash
of suspense—Married Life is an unconventional fable for
grown-ups about the irresistible power and utter madness of
After decades of marital contentment, Harry (Chris Cooper)
concludes that he must kill his wife Pat (Patricia Clarkson)
because he loves her too much to let her suffer when he
leaves her. Harry has fallen hard for the young and lovely
Kay (Rachel McAdams), but his best friend Richard (Pierce
Brosnan) wants to win Kay for himself.
As Harry implements his maladroit plans for murdering his
wife, the other characters are entangled with their own
deceptions. Like Harry, they race towards their passions but
trip over their scruples, seemingly well-intended towards
all, but truthful to none.
Married Life is an uncommonly adult film that surprises and
confounds expectations. While it plays with mystery, comedy,
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.
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