It is sometimes fun to think of favorite movies, breaking them into various genres and styles. Is the original “Star Wars” the best science fiction movie ever or does it more properly fall into the action genre? Which is the best thriller, the scariest horror movie and the best example of film noir, comedy and romance?
For movie fans, the discussions can go on for hours. One genre often overlooked by film buffs is the cinematic category in which moviemakers examine the disintegration of marriages. Prompted by the release of “The Lovers,” a recent newspaper article delved into this subgenre (it unfortunately lacks a formal title) that looks in varying degrees at why people divorce, how they do it and what happens to them afterwards.
The review of “The Lovers” states that it’s “a warmer entry than many in the canon of marital-strife studies.” One of the more notable entries in the genre was created by Woody Allen, a filmmaker who is by no means a stranger to relationship discord.
His “Husbands and Wives” (1992) was released in 1992 “in the immediate wake of Allen’s cataclysmic separation from Mia Farrow.” Viewers today would be hard-pressed to accept the “rancorous onscreen arguments” between Allen’s and Farrow’s characters “as pure fiction,” the article in The Guardian notes.
The piece scans through the strife genre, from Audrey Hepburn’s “Two For the Road” (with Albert Finney) to Roberto Rosselini aiming his camera at eventual ex-wife Ingrid Bergman in “Voyage to Italy,” and on to 2010’s “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, as well as director Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz” (Williams again, along with Seth Rogan and Sarah Silverman).
Movies can sometimes help us understand our own motives, mistakes, hopes and options. In a sense, films augment the advice and support we get from family and friends as we sift through information about marriage and divorce and weigh our various paths forward.
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