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Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver’s Netflix movie looks straight-up heartbreaking

Marriage Story is the story of (what’s left of) a marriage

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

I’m going to talk just to the mid-level millennials in the room for a second. Everyone else look away.

Hey, gang. We’re getting older. The real world is extremely real now. There’s life and death and the economy and relationships and days and nights that come and go and it all sits there a little longer than it used to and boy oh boy sometimes being wiser than we were does not make up for what too many Snickers do to our tummies. We hurt now. The hangovers hurt. Our backs hurt. We’re figuring out where to live. We’re watching friends drift away. We’re tying the knot. We’re having kids. Or we’re not, and wondering if it matters. Life! What the hell! It’s happening. All the time. Kinda sucks, but we’re dealing with it. What’s on Netflix?

A new movie starring Black Widow and Kylo Ren!

But brace yourself: it’s really a new movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as an intoxicating-but-basic couple dealing with a divorce. Jesus. There it is. Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, The Meyerowitz Stories) directed it. It’s probably going to completely gut you and me and everyone we know, to be honest. Just chuck me off a bridge. Or give it to me now. Give all the Oscars for this movie that will annihilate us.

In anticipation of the film’s fall release, Netflix released two trailers for Marriage Story, with one featuring Driver’s confessional narration, and another featuring Johansson’s.

Marriage Story is a love story that reveals itself within the breakdown,” Baumbach says in his artistic statement for the film. “With these companion trailers I wanted to show the relationship through the eyes of both characters. There are many sides to every story, and the movie embraces these different viewpoints in order to find the shared truth.”

My morning was going great before these two trailers put me on an existential downward spiral and yet I want nothing more than to watch this movie right now? Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta costar as people who will have great advice that comes too late to change what’s fundamentally fucked. My back hurts.

Marriage Story will premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival before jumping over to the Toronto Film Festival (watch out for Polygon’s coverage in September). For now, let’s watch these two trailers, then eat frozen yogurt for lunch.

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