Dir: Noah Baumbach

With: Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver

Runtime: 137 mins

Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach (The Squid And The Whale) draws on his own divorce from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh for a bruising portrait of a marriage in crisis, which is being heavily tipped for glory at next year’s Academy Awards.

Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) is a successful stage director, who works closely with his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and the theatre company they established in New York.

They raise a young son, Henry (Azhy Robertson), and the relationship is a vision of harmony until Nicole’s job takes her to Los Angeles.

Maintaining a long-distance relationship proves too taxing for the couple and the marriage breaks down.

Nicole secures the services of cut-throat lawyer Nora Fanshaw (Laura Dern) to retain primary custody of Henry. Blindsided by his wife’s actions, Charlie reluctantly responds by securing his own legal counsel, Bert Spitz (Alan Alda).