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We Don't Live Here Anymore - Preview

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 strongly.

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 category.

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).

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