Married Life: 10 Movies About Married Relationships

The saying “an alien soul is darkness” can also be applied to other people’s families. But with a quote from Anna Karenina about equally happy and differently unhappy families, not everyone agrees. Can happiness be the same? Films about harmonious or destructive marital relationships from our selection today will help lift the veil of secrecy over personal stories. Such a movie is always interesting, and for someone it can serve as a lesson or even save family life.

Couple from the Future (2021)

Twenty years of married life does not save Alexander and Evgenia from accumulated problems and mutual claims. But in the future where the film takes place, divorce is beyond the means of mere mortals. At the moment of a quarrel due to a lightning strike, the husband and wife are thrown back 20 years ago, when young Sasha and Zhenya were just about to get married. The couple undertake to stop their young versions from a fatal step, but it is not so easy to prevent ardent lovers.

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

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, romance

Actors:  
Sergey Burunov, Maria Aronova, Denis Paramonov …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


Upstairs Neighbors (2020)

Spanish comedy film about an interesting way to overcome the stagnation in the relationship of a husband and wife who have lost their spark. Ana and Julio are intelligent middle-aged Europeans, pretty disgusted with each other. Recently, they have been united only by slander against the neighbors from above: firefighter Salva and his wife Laura. Judging by the sounds coming, the couple have a regular and stormy intimate life, which causes the envy of Ana and Julio. One day, Salva and Laura visit them and make an unexpected proposal…

Original title:  
Sentimental

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Javier Camara, Griselda Siciliani, Belen Cuesta …

Country:  
Spain

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Beautiful era (2019)

An enterprising Frenchman organizes an agency that helps clients return to the past using actors, entourage and costumes from any era. Elderly illustrator Victor is not interested in ancient times, he commissions a recreation of the day in the 1970s when he met his future wife. Now Victor and Marianne are having a difficult period in their relationship, a breakup seems inevitable. But the hero, thanks to a plausible reconstruction, will be transported to the time of his youth, where he will again meet his red-haired lover.

Original title:  
La Belle Époque

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier…

Country:  
France, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Marriage Story (2019)

A film in the genre of drama and comedy about the difficulties of the married life of creative people. The family of New York director Charlie and actress Nicole looks perfect in appearance – both are young, successful, in love and adore their son. But in reality, everything is not so rosy – Nicole blames her husband for the fact that her film career has come to naught, and now her lot is small roles in his performances. The actress takes a decisive step – she moves with her son to Los Angeles, auditions for the series and hires a divorce lawyer . What will Charlie do to keep his family alive?

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)

Russian comedy melodrama about a married couple on the verge of divorce. Five years after the wedding, the translator Alena and Dr. Zhenya have neither children nor common interests. The work does not please – because of the scandal with the head physician, Eugene was “demoted” to the orderlies. But when Alena files for divorce, he comes up with a clever way to keep the chosen one. Referring to a new psychological technique, Zhenya invites Alena to dine together for seven evenings as an experiment. Every time a loved one is in for a surprise, but will this save a disintegrating marriage?

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Roman Kurtsyn, Polina Maksimova, Elena Yakovleva …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:  
12+


Wife (2017)

The famous writer Joseph Castleman and his wife Joan are the perfect literary couple. He creates, she provides comfortable conditions for creativity. Receiving the Nobel Prize becomes Joseph’s supreme triumph, while simultaneously awakening Joan’s hidden memories and ambition. Biographer Castelman manages to find out the truth about the true role of the companion of the freshly minted Nobel laureate in his literary success. For the role of Joan, actress Glenn Close received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination.

Original title:  
The Wife

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater …

Country:  
Drama

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits
18+


He and She (2016)

The directorial debut of French actor Nicolas Bedos begins with an interview given by Sarah, the grieving widow of famed writer Victor Adelman. A journalist named Antoine decided to write a biography of a writer and asks for help a woman who has lived with him for 45 years. Sarah’s story about meeting her chosen one is rather banal, but the further relationship of the married couple cannot be called standard. And when it comes to the participation of the heroine in the work of her husband, the journalist is in for a real surprise and doubts about the natural death of the author.

Original title:
Mr & Mme Adelman

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama

Actors:
Doria Tillier, Nicolas Bedos, Denis Podalides…

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Beloved (2014)

Ethan and Sophie turn to a family therapist with standard complaints – fatigue from a partner, infidelity and scandals, lack of sex, waning youth. Having unsuccessfully tried various methods, the consultant suggests a last resort – to go on a weekend together to a mysterious estate . The heroes of the film have a great time in a large secluded house and, having relaxed, remember their love. But then strange, inexplicable things begin to happen to them … How will this therapeutic weekend end?

Original title:
The One I Love

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Valentine (2010)

Dean and Cindy met in the most unromantic place – a nursing home where they visited relatives. Young people fell in love, played a wedding, they had a daughter. But instead of “living happily ever after,” a realistic continuation of the tale was a misunderstanding of each other’s feelings and aspirations. Cindy is a nurse and is hard at work preparing for a career as a doctor . Dean is a painter at a construction site and dreams of nothing more. Problems and conflicts grow like a snowball, striving to bury great love under them. Will the heroes be strong enough to fight for her?

Original title:  
Blue Valentine

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:  
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Master…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age Limits
16+


Road of Change (2008)

Based on the novel by Nobel laureate Richard Yates, the dramatic story of a young married couple in the 1950s. April and Frank Wheeler are an exemplary American family with two adorable kids and a house in the suburbs . Frank loves his housewife wife and hates office work . The Wheelers dream of escaping from boredom and routine to Paris , where April will work as a translator at the embassy while Frank looks for a job to his liking. But suddenly he is offered a promotion at an unloved job. What will Frank Wheeler choose – money or a dream?

Original title:  
Revolutionary Road

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates…

Country:  
USA, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


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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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