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214 Ratings

A Married Couple

Directed by Allan King
Canada, 1969


Billy and Antoinette Edwards let it all hang out for Allan King and crew in this jaw-dropping examination of a marriage in trouble, which “makes John Cassavetes’s Faces look like early Doris Day” (Time).

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A Married Couple Directed by Allan King

Critics reviews

Even with minimal personnel floating around, it’s still shocking how nakedly the Edwardses interact with one another throughout the film, not just in explosive arguments, but also in more gestural moments of domestic awkwardness.
January 22, 2018
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According to King, when the film was released, audiences split their sympathies, some siding with Billy, others with Antoinette, “often projecting their own vision upon the characters,” and seeing what they wanted to see. This is the strange and effective ambiguity of the often hilarious and occasionally disturbing A Married Couple, though in all honesty I would hope it would be hard for anyone to side with a man who calls his wife a “stupid cunt” when he thinks she’s vacuuming wrong.
December 30, 2013
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