Malcolm & Marie
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In Sam Levinson’s Malcolm & Marie, now streaming on Netflix, a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home after a big movie premiere but the night isn’t as celebratory as anticipated. Trapped in an ever-escalating argument, they hurl insults and pointedly hurt each other in the way only two people who know each other well can. If you enjoyed the film, here are 5 relationship dramas we recommend:

La La Land (2016)

Streaming on: Netflix

La La Land

If Malcolm and Marie argue about their differing opinions on the state of film criticism, it’s the movies that drive Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) apart in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. Their success – his at music, hers at acting – comes at the cost of their relationship and any future is tinged with the thought of what could have been.

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Sam Mendes’ Oscar-nominated drama sees Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio play a couple trapped in stifling American suburbia, dreams on the back-burner as their resentment for their lifestyle spills over into resentment for each other.

Blue Valentine (2010)

Streaming on: Netflix

Married couple Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) book a romantic getaway in the hopes of rekindling their fraught relationship. With heartbreaking clarity, Derek Cianfrance’s film traces the precursor and the aftermath of the event, depicting how the two fell in love, the situations that strained their marriage, and the moment it all fell apart.

mother! (2017)

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Mother

Like Malcolm & Marie, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! also features an older male artist (Javier Bardem) who takes his much younger female muse (Jennifer Lawrence) for granted until their relationship hits its breaking point. The home invasion thriller also doubles up as a Biblical allegory.

Closer (2004)

Streaming on: MUBI

Mike Nichols’ film revolves around two couples in London – beautiful people who lob ugly insults at each other as their relationships overlap and disintegrate, their passions and jealousies fuse into one messy implosion. It stars Julia Roberts, Clive Owens, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.

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