In scenes from a marriage, Tom and Abby McNeil have been married for 20 years. They are both successful professionals who grew up in the same neighbourhood of Chicago. The movie is based on scenes from their marriage as they fight to keep their relationship alive. They try therapy, couples counselling, and therapy to figure out what’s wrong with them before finally admitting that they just don’t feel love anymore for each other.
-Evan Handler is Dr. Leo Fischman, a couples therapist who sees the couple for their last session before he retires from his practice.
-Kristin LeBlanc is Lindsey Nelms, Abby’s best friend and neighbour.
-Steve Carell as Tom McNeil
-Maura Tierney as Dr. Barbara Kottmeyer (Abby’s therapist)
-Julie White as Lainey Lewis (Tom’s sister)
-Billy Crudup as Noah Emmerich (Tom’s friend)
-John Slattery as Dr. Richard Kottmeyer (Barbara’s husband, Abby’s therapist)
-Michael McKean as Mr. Katz (Abby and Tom’s neighbour in the building they live in)
Producer: Barry Levinson (talk show scenes from a marriage)
Director: James Lapine (play scenes from a marriage, Sweeney Todd scenes)
Scenes from a marriage explore the dynamics of their long one-night marriage over three decades – through conversations between spouses (and even topics discussed by strangers on buses) that provide insight into what has kept them together.
It was captured by scenes from a marriage movie on HBO’s cinematographer Gordon Willis (who died in 2014) and is now available for the first time in its entirety.
The scenes from marriage on HBO is an indelible portrait of love in all its guises. Scenes from a Marriage tells the story of Joe and Barbara Fowler, played by Robert De Niro (Tom) and Jane Fonda as Abby, respectively).
A couple who we see at different stages of their life, including when they’re just newlyweds, with children, and in the aftermath of their divorce. “The scenes from a marriage movie on HBO is an indelible portrait of love in all its guises.”