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‘Scenes From a Marriage’ Sends Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Into Love and War: Venice TV Review

‘Scenes From a Marriage’ Sends Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Into Love and War: Venice TV Review

Each episode of “Scenes From a Marriage” opens with a bit of frank reality. The five installments of HBO’s new limited series begin showing one of the show’s stars, Jessica Chastain or Oscar Isaac, getting prepared for shooting — walking to set, receiving makeup last-looks. Then the clapperboard closes and, suddenly, we’re in the scene.

It’s disconcerting, at least at first. If this is an attempt to emphasize the challenges faced by productions in the Covid era, the point is effectively made. But if it’s trying to claim space for the show as especially real and frank — a fitting description for a reimagining of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 miniseries, probing the collapse of a long-term relationship with painful intimacy — it backfires, somewhat. The 2021 “Scenes From a Marriage,” written and directed by Israeli TV auteur Hagai Levi and set to premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival before airing on HBO,

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