Marie and Bruce

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Marie and Bruce
Marie and Bruce.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Tom Cairns
Produced by George Van Buskirk
Screenplay by Wallace Shawn
Tom Cairns
Starring Julianne Moore
Matthew Broderick
Music by Mark degli Antoni[1]
Cinematography Patrick Cody
Edited by Andy Keir
Release dates
  • January 19, 2004 (2004-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Marie and Bruce is a 2004 drama film from Holedigger and New Films. It is directed by Tom Cairns and stars Julianne Moore and Matthew Broderick. It was based on the 1978 play of the same name by Wallace Shawn and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2004. Although the film was well received and starred many major motion picture stars, it failed to receive distribution and remained obscure, until it was released on DVD in March 2009. The music was done by Mark degli Antoni of the band Soul Coughing.[1]


The film is based on the somewhat whimsical and somewhat comical relationship between a fairly unlikely couple involved in a complex and emotionally tortured cohabitation. The real scandal of the film begins when Marie decides to leave Bruce. Her lack of measured decisiveness in leaving, however, leads to the heaping on of verbal invective and a stream of sarcastic and pejorative language, assumed to have accumulated over the years. At the climactic dinner scene at a restaurant, Marie finally expresses her verbal contempt for Bruce but without much effect. The two return to their apartment and are seen falling asleep in their double bed as the film ends.



  1. ^ a b "Marie and Bruce (2004) – Overview". New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 

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