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We Don’t Live Here Anymore

Year: 2005
Director: John Curran
Writer: Larry Gross
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Naomi Watts, Peter Krause
Like Closer, Curran's fable of modern life and morality on the rocky road of marriage aims to present a sort of grand unified theory of it's subject - infidelity and how both it and the desire for it fester.

And like Nichol's emotional powerhouse, it hits the mark head on, and anyone who's ever been married will relate to at least one of the characters.

Two couples and long-time friends Edith (Watts) and Hank (Krause), Terry (Dern) and Jack (Ruffalo) are inextricably linked to each other in heart and soul; for reasons not the least of which is that Edith and Jack have been having an affair for longer than we get to see onscreen.

Meanwhile, Hank is more interested in chasing pussy so really doesn't care, while Jack and Terry's life is slowly falling apart from the closed doors of communication neither of them wants to go through.

There's little real resolution or hope, but that's life, not Hollywood. Great acting, natural performances (although Dern is a little off kilter at times) and an engaging script make it an engrossing drama.

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