Preview by: Jack Foley
A STRONG ensemble cast promises to make We Don't Live Here Anymore
(aka Adultery) one of the most sought-after movies of the 2004
Sundance Film Festival.
The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts, Laura Dern and Peter
Krause and is based upon two short stories by Andre Dubus (who
also wrote the short that inspired In The Bedroom).
Thefilm will receive its premiere at Sundance, in the prestigious
dramatic competition category, where it is expected to perform
It is described, on the Sundance website, as an 'intricately
real, yet vividly dramatic, appreciation of the conundrums of
marriage, which evokes memories of the Edward Albee/Mike Nichols
feature, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
It is directed by John Curran (who last graced Sundance with
the darkly sexua,l Praise), and is billed as a 'potent charting
of the infidelities and inner sufferings of two academic couples'.
It achieves this by using an unsettling multiple perspective
and understanding, and even assesses accountability without resorting
to moral judgment.
The Sundance website concludes that it is 'brutally honest, yet
balanced with pathos and humor', adding that 'We Don't Live Here
Anymore is a film whose visceral sensibilities and insights are
filtered through pastoral images and sounds that effectively underscore
the contradictions of its protagonists' desires and demons'.
As with any indie movie that debuts at Sundance, this could
well figure among the year's most talked about, and most popular
independent releases, particularly if it fares well in the dramatic
Ruffalo is hotter than hot after a 2003 which saw him cast as
a straight-talking cop alongside Meg Ryan in In
The Cut, as well as the tragic love interest of Sarah Polley,
in My Life Without Me.
While Naomi Watts is proving to be one of the hottest actresses
around, after blistering turns in Mulholland
Drive, The Ring and the upcoming
masterpiece, 21 Grams.
IndieLondon will, naturally, be keeping its eye on how this one
performs at the festival in January (further details of which
are available by following the weblink on the right of this page).