Did not agree on the characters: 20 films about divorce

Among the divorce cases, there are truly epic ones. The oldest couples in history at the time of the divorce were 99 and 98 years old, and their marriage by that time had already lasted 77 years. As you can see, the couple did not get excited, but slowly thought it over before running away. And yet, why does it happen that close people suddenly become strangers? At what point does attraction turn into repulsion? And is separation always the only way out? You will learn the answers to these and other questions by watching films about divorce from our collection.

Tell her (2020)

The novelty of the cinema is a deep Russian drama about a boy whose parents are in a state of divorce and cannot share their son in any way. Sveta and Artem have long lost their former feelings. The lives of heroes are poisoned by claims, resentments, reproaches and betrayals. Sveta is going to go to America to a new man, taking her son with her. Artem just can’t let her do it. Parents hurt the child, forcing him to decide who he loves more: mom or dad.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Kai Getz, Artem Bystrov, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Alexey Serebryakov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Ex (2020)

The heroes of the comedy film about the divorce of spouses are trying by all means to get out of a difficult situation. The fact is that Olga and Dmitry Stepanov have been divorced for a year now, but this does not prevent them from jointly conducting business of a large trading network. That’s just the owner of the company drowns for family values, and therefore the employment contract states that the employees of the organization must be in family relationships. Otherwise, it will interfere with the image of the company with the telling name “Friendly Family”. Therefore, the Stepanovs decide to hide their gap from the boss, who has come to the city with a check.

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama

Actors:
Anton Khabarov, Anna Nevskaya, Ekaterina Kopanova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5


Marriage Story (2019)

The film received six Oscar nominations and won Laura Dern as Best Supporting Actress. Charlie is a talented director, reserved and thorough. His wife Nicole is a former film actress who plays on stage in her husband’s productions. And everything was wonderful with them – their beloved son, success in the theater, the admiration of others. But love is long gone. It seems to Nicole that in this relationship she has lost herself, besides, the woman learns about her husband’s infidelities. A long process begins, complicated by the desire of parents to live in different cities, but at the same time keep the child to themselves.

Original title:
Marriage Story

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Seven Dinners (2019)

This film about the divorce of a husband and wife in the comedy genre is a real master class in inciting passion between spouses. The five-year marriage of Zhenya and Alena is bursting at the seams – love has cooled down, no children, no common interests either. But when Alena decides to leave Zhenya, he realizes that he is not ready to lose his beloved. And since the guy works as a psychologist , he has professional chips. He persuades his wife to test one scientific method. It is necessary to hold seven joint dinners, after which Zhenya undertakes to give a divorce if Alena still wants it.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Roman Kurtsyn, Polina Maksimova, Elena Yakovleva …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Let’s Divorce (2019)

Masha is a successful gynecologist . So, the woman has work through the roof. There is no time left for the family, so the husband takes care of the house and the children. And then one day Mary finds out that the missus is cheating on her. Accustomed to solving problems, the heroine tries to return her beloved. She will go through anger, resentment, self-flagellation and, finally, the realization that she is a self-sufficient woman, ready to be happy here and now. And what these conclusions will lead Masha to, you will find out by watching a comedy story filmed by a woman for women.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Anna Mikhalkova, Anton Filipenko, Svetlana Kamynina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Wild Life (2017)

Paul Dano’s directorial debut will slowly show a couple’s family relationships through the eyes of their 14-year-old son. In this film about a divorce from her husband, the viewer will watch how the keeper of the hearth Jeanette moves away from her husband Jerry. Trying to survive the midlife crisis, the heroes make a lot of mistakes, which only exacerbates their already difficult relationship. We will see the situation from the side of the boy – how his father’s self-control disappears, and his mother becomes a strange, unfamiliar woman.

Original title:
Wildlife

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Your way out baby (2017)

Tony and Mark are a passionate couple who started a relationship back in school . A tumultuous teenage romance years later leads to a wedding and the birth of two children. However, now the spouses understand that their union has no prospects for a long time and decide to divorce. It would seem that everyone is happy – the decision was made mutually, and career growth looms on the horizon for both. But what about children? Will the characters of this foreign film be able to agree on a divorce and start a new life separately?

Original title:
Schatz, nimm du sie!

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Caroline Kebekus, Maxim Mehmet, Arina Prokofyeva …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Divorce in French (2016)

Having fallen out of love with each other and tired of the family routine, the spouses Vincente and Florence disperse, acquire new halves and settle in the neighborhood to make it easier to raise four offspring. While parents build relationships with their partners, unhappy children wander between houses, and no one really cares about them. And of course they don’t like it. Children are ready for any tricks to bring their parents together again. It remains only to quarrel mom and dad with their new passions.

Original title:
Papa ou maman 2

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Laurent Lafitte, Marina Fois, Alexander Derusso…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Get (2014)

The dramatic film is the final part of a trilogy about a modern Israeli family. It is worth watching this movie about a divorce in another country to find out the national features of the family way of life. Get is a special letter about the dissolution of marriage among religious Jews. The husband either gives it to his wife himself, or agrees to it. It is this document that a woman has been trying to get for five years. The spouse refuses the divorce, and the orthodox community supports him. But Vivian is no longer ready to tolerate sexism and be a servant in the house, so she petitions the religious court over and over again.

Original title:
Gett

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ronit Elkabets, Simon Abkarian, Gabi Amrani…

Country:
Israel, France, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7


Peddle Love (2014)

The top-grossing French comedy is about what can happen when passion wears off and partner’s flaws don’t seem so cute anymore. The film is about a married couple. They have everything they dreamed of – favorite professions, three wonderful children. There are no more feelings. The couple decide to divorce. But how do you tell your kids about it? And how to make sure that during a divorce, the children did not choose you and did not become a hindrance in their careers? Spouses declare war on each other and the real race for the title of the worst parent begins.

Original title:
Papa ou maman

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Laurent Lafitte, Marina Fois, Alexandre Derusso…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Secrets of the Past (2013)

A feature film about life after divorce is a heartfelt psychological drama with thriller elements about the secrets of the past that pop up at the most inopportune moment. Iranian Ahmad arrives in Paris to settle the formalities associated with the dissolution of the marriage. Arriving at the place, he learns that his ex-wife Marie is in a relationship with a new lover – a married Arab, which her daughter Lucy does not approve of. By coincidence, Ahmad becomes a member of a family quarrel, where skeletons fall out of closets with a roar – secrets that can change the life of each of them.

Original title:
Le Passé

Genre:
Drama, detective

Actors:
Berenice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Takhar Rahim …

Country:
France, Italy, Belgium, Iran

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Divorce in the big city (2012)

The creators of the film moved the setting of the novel by Henry James from London of the 19th century to the realities of modern society, but left the essence of the work – the feelings of a child of selfish parents. Maisie’s parents are divorced and both are too busy to give proper attention to the girl. She is looked after by her mother’s new husband, the bartender Lincoln, and her former nanny Margo, who is also the new wife of the baby’s father – people who seem to have no choice.

Original title:
What Maisie Knew

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Onata April, Alexander Skarsgård, Julianne Moore…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Celeste and Jessie Forever (2012)

The next film on the list of the best films about divorce is an American inspirational melodrama. Jessie and Celeste managed to maintain a warm relationship after breaking up. These are like-minded people with similar interests and their own jokes. However, over time, personal ambitions and selfishness nevertheless led the lovers to divorce. They continue to live together, have fun, go on dates with friends together. In general, nothing has changed, except that they are no longer a couple.

Original title:
Celeste & Jesse Forever

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
18+


Divorce Nader and Simin (2011)

The film, which won numerous awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe, will appeal to those who love strong dramas and want to get acquainted with Iranian cinema. After 14 years of marriage, Simin files for divorce because her husband Nader refuses to leave the country, as they decided earlier. He just can’t leave his father with Alzheimer’s. The woman hopes to take their 11-year-old daughter with her, but even here she will fail – the court takes the side of her father. Soon a situation will arise that will force all participants in the events to reconsider their values.

Original title:
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Payman Moaadi, Leila Khatami, Sarina Farhadi …

Country:
Iran, France, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
16+


Simple Complications (2009)

A non-trivial plot, a strong cast, groovy music, spicy jokes await you when watching this motivating film about love and divorce. In the center of the plot is a love triangle: a mother of three adult children and two men. Who will the owner of a prosperous bakery choose? An ex-husband, with whom she broke up 10 years ago, or a new boyfriend – a charismatic architect?

Original title:
It’s Complicated

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski …

Country:
USA, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Once Upon a Time in Vegas (2008)

What happened in Vegas stays in Vegas. The heroes of our film completely forgot about this rule and brought a marriage certificate from vacation. But now the sober newly-made husband and wife are not so inspired by this event and are going to divorce immediately. And they will have to divide the won jackpot in half. Or prove to the judge that one of them is a dishonest spouse and violates these vows. Between two unfamiliar, but already married people, a war begins. Who will get the kush?

Original title:
What Happens in Vegas

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Yes, Maybe (2007)

In the midst of divorce proceedings, Will Hayes’ 10-year-old daughter begins questioning her single father about his premarital relationship. In the stories of a man there is absolutely everything – disappointment and success, love and hate, separation and meeting, victories and falls. And the girl, who recently had her first sex education lesson at school, is trying to find the answer to the main question – which of the heroines of her father’s stories is her mother?

Original title:
Definitely, Maybe

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


American Divorce (2006)

The heroes of the comedy film, the merry fellow Gary and the sophisticated beauty Brug, are a happy young couple. Once Brooke realized that her husband did not understand her at all. And after several years of marriage, the couple decide to end the relationship. The painful process of parting begins – the division of property, constant quarrels and disputes. And all this on the territory of one apartment, because no one wants to give up their familiar square meters.

Original title:
The Break-Up

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits :
16+


Squid and whale (2005)

An autobiographical comedy film with elements of a drama about the crisis of family relations and the divorce of parents through the eyes of their children. A successful writer and her husband, a popular novelist in the past, are parting – a married couple with 17 years of experience. Now the former share things, children and responsibilities for their upbringing. The filmmakers show a picture of the mental suffering of the sons, caused by the news of the divorce and the revelations of the father, who suddenly decided to tell about the intimate adventures of his wife. And he himself is not distinguished by decency, having started an affair with his student.

Original title:
The Squid and the Whale

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Laws of Attraction (2004)

The plot of the film centers on two successful family lawyers Daniel Rafferty and Audrey Woods, who often find themselves on opposite sides of the barricades. He is attractive and charming. She is strict with herself and wary of men. Both of them are masters of their craft – gambling, bright, enthusiastic. Fate often brings lawyers together in the courtroom, but colleagues are attracted to each other like a magnet, not at all on business matters. And in the future, the brilliant duo may find themselves in the place of their clients.

Original title:
Laws of Attraction

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Michael Sheen …

Country:
Ireland, UK, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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