The performances are raw and starkly presented
. In sports terms
, Isaac and Chastain leave it all on the field
— and did their part to promote the show with a viral red-carpet moment
alla Mostra del Cinema di Venezia — in what is essentially a two-character piece with a few cameos
, such as Corey Stoll and Nicole Beharie as another couple
(with their own significant issues
) that comes over for dinner
Dove “Scene da un matrimonio” falters throughout is in the wild nature of the swings in Mira and Jonathan’s interactions and behavior, making hairpin turns from civil to hostile to sexual and back again. It’s hard to get lost in the drama when the dialogue and situations are this stagy and manicured.
Like HBO’s recent revival of “In trattamento,” the confined action and minimal cast makes this a particularly shrewd addition to the lineup strictly as a logistical matter
, one that includes Bergman’s son
, director Daniel Bergman
, among the executive producers along with the two stars
Ancora, the art-house credentials of the name aside, “Scene da un matrimonio” has the conspicuous feel of one of those vanity projects in which premium networks and streaming services allow talent to indulge, with the marquee value of the casting more than enough to justify the dice roll.
At its core the series offers the not-quite-revelatory reminder that marriage can be hard and unraveling one tends to be even harder, especially when children are involved.
Tuttavia, it’s possible to admire the artistry and hard work that went into this production without feeling truly engaged by it, either emotionally or intellectually. In tal senso, il “We’re just putting on a show” framing might have served a purpose, though not necessarily in the way intended.
“Scene da un matrimonio” premieres Sept. 12 a 9 p.m. ET on HBO, quale, come la CNN, è un'unità di WarnerMedia.