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Hope Gap: a slightly too preened divorce drama

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In Hope Gap director William Nicholson honestly tries to bear witness to a marriage without any sparkle or music, but seems to be afraid of too much darkness or depth.

You don't have to have survived a divorce yourself to find Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach utterly heartrending. That probably is the case, however, for this well-intentioned but slightly too preened divorce drama with those magnificent white English cliffs as a backdrop and more dialogue than your average play.

A teacher who enjoys expanding Wikipedia articles walks out of his 29-year marriage with a devout poet. Their single son tries to be there for both his parents. The abandoned mother finds it particularly difficult to process the abrupt divorce. Although the marriage made neither partner happy, she still wants to fight for it. She refuses to be silent about her rage, frustration, and disappointment.

The American Annette Bening drinks copious quantities of tea to pass as an Englishwoman and amuses herself and the viewer by firing off snippy and sarcastic one-liners. Screenwriter-director William Nicholson honestly tries to bear witness to a marriage without any sparkle or music, but seems to be afraid of too much darkness or depth.

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