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12 Movies & TV Shows With Brutally Honest Portrayals of Marriages Falling Apart

In the upcoming HBO Max mini-series Scenes from A Marriage, Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a married couple whose union is chronicled by showing moments, exchanges, and days from the fictional couple’s life together. As each episode heightens, the tension between the couple does too, leading to a break that cannot be mended. It’s a devastating, emotional examination of a marriage coming to its breaking point, and two people trying to make sense of how their relationship seemingly fell apart.

The critically acclaimed series makes its debut on HBO Max on Sept. 12 and promises to throw an emotional punch at audiences. But the five-episode series isn’t the first, nor will it be the last, narrative to cover the extremely personal topic of failing marriages and divorce. In fact, this iteration of Scenes From A Marriage is a contemporary adaptation of the 1973 Ingmar Bergman series of the same name.

Prior to and since the original 1973 series, there have been a number of films and TV shows that examine marriages at their brink. Some of these stories draw from the inspiration of real-life events. Others simply find emotional resonance in the turmoil of fictional stories. Marriage isn’t easy, but these movies and TV shows really showcase the heaviness and pain that can occur when they’re clearly coming to a devastating end.


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