Two different movies about divorce. One written and directed by a man, Noah Baumbach. The other written and directed by a woman, Julie Delpy.
“Marriage Story” is winning Baumbach all kinds of attention for diving deep into the pain of contemporary divorce. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson love and hate each other as they pull their family apart, trying to solve the unsolveable. How do you protect what is true and sacred about a loving past, even as the center of the marriage doesn’t hold?
Meanwhile, “My Zoe” reflects a remarkably similar pain, but told from a female perspective. Delpy, who plays the wife, leaves her husband, played by Richard Armitage.
In both films, there is a young child who is the subject of custody strife. In both films, the well-intentioned parents end up using the child as a tool to punish the other spouse. And in both films, the couples veer back and forth from taking care of one another in the daily way that families do to wounding one other in the way that divorcing couples…
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