It maybe could have had a little more comedy but Marital Problems still manages to give us memorable characters and winning performances in an entertaining tale of letting go.
Plot: On the eve of his eviction, Ian’s home becomes invaded by Clarke, an unscrupulous gardener who recounts the events of his failed marriage in an attempt to bring closure to Ian’s prior engagement that failed to go the distance.
Review: Marital Problems is an Australian indie comedy drama from director Dia Taylor and proves that even without a big budget you can create an engaging story with memorable characters. There are only a few cast members, so they all make an impression with solid performances all round.
I didn’t find anyone particularly sympathetic especially Ian (Callum Gault) who is bit of a whiner that can’t let go of his past relationship but that’s the idea; everyone is struggling to let go which is one of the primary themes of the movie. Clarke (Nick Capper) also was previously married but it ends up that both may have more in common than they first thought providing a nice twist in the tale.
Despite the rather light tone it covers the hardships of broken relationships and how looking for closure isn’t always the right idea. Sometimes you just need to move on…
Clarke may seem a little crazy but there is wisdom in what he says and while at first, he isn’t especially likable he grows on you and he ends end up becoming one of Ian’s closest friends.
It maybe could have had more humour as some of it didn’t hit as well as it could, but it still moves along at a brisk pace and there wasn’t a single scene I would remove from it as it all progresses the plot forward.
I see bright careers ahead for all involved as there is genuine talent here in front of and behind the camera so I look forward to seeing future projects.
Overall, Marital Problems is a gentle character drama with some nice comedy moments and winning performances. The characters aren’t easy or cookie cutter which makes them feel more realistic so if you’re looking for something different then check it out.