Relationship Comedy "Divorce" Launches on HBO starring Sarah Jessica Parker. For Parker, this is a long-awaited reunion with HBO, which released the first episode of Sex and the City 18 years ago, instantly turning her into an idol for all workers and fans of the fashion industry. We tell you why you need to follow her return to television.
Francis (Parker) and Robert (Thomas Hayden Church) Dufreins, a married couple with two children, have been together for a long time. After a quarrel unfolds in front of their eyes, which ends with a shot by their girlfriend (Molly Shannon) at her husband, the main character has a sudden insight. It seems that she has been unhappy for a long time, and, of course, Robert is to blame: last Christmas was the best of her life, because he went fishing; She comes home happy, but as soon as she sees her husband, having arrived from work, parks in front of the house, everything inside shrinks; instead of laughing at TV jokes, he simply repeats them out loud. Only a relationship with her lover (Jemaine Clement) supported her desire to live the entire last year. It would seem that the ideal plan to reunite with a truly loved one is about to come true, but the idea of a divorce does not seem successful to anyone but Francis. Returning to her husband also fails - he already found out about the betrayal, changed the locks in the house and reached his point of no return.
As much as everyone would like to compare Parker's two main roles on HBO, calling "Divorce" the "spiritual sequel" of Sex and the City, they have little in common. Carrie Bradshaw would definitely not have been able to leave her native Manhattan, marry a man like Robert and go to live out of town. It is unlikely that she would become a successful business woman who earns more than her husband. Well, remembering the character traits of the heroine, most likely, she would not have had two children. The only thing that catches the eye with the first appearance of Francis on the screen is a sense of style, which is invariably impeccable in all Parker's heroines in recent years. But if in "Sex" her wardrobe was rather innovative, then here she appears as a confident middle-aged woman in dresses below the knee and an obvious love for muted colors in clothes.
For the creator of the series, Sharon Horgan, this is the third project that talks about the difficulties that have to be dealt with in a relationship. Most people know her from the comedy series "Catastrophe", which she wrote and in which she played the main role - just now filming the third season. There is also a lesser-known BBC project, Pulling, about a woman who ends her engagement the night before a planned lavish wedding. It's no exaggeration to say that honest TV shows about the pros, cons and zeros of relationships are what she got her hands on. For the visual part of the first episodes, director Jesse Peretz, known for his directorial work in the series "Girls", is responsible.
Family and relationships within it are the main theme for dramedies today, whether in TV shows or in movies. The authors both make viewers laugh and illuminate painful truths of life, and they do the latter better than most dramas. A detailed breakdown of Robert and Frances' breaking up marriage is not something that is often seen on TV shows, but the harshness with which it is presented to us is invigorating. At a reception with a family psychologist, the husband forces Frances to voice how many times she had sex with her lover. After the news of the divorce, the lover disappears from Francis's life, but then starts calling again, but not because he wants to see her, but in order to ask her husband to reason, who leaves him rude messages.In this series, there is not a single character that could be called unambiguously positive - rather, the index here leans towards the category of “rather negative”.
In Divorce, Parker and Church have to balance on the edge of humor and brutal revelations, and they cope with this task perfectly. Since, despite being nominated for an Oscar for the film On the Sidelines and a large number of roles on TV, Church cannot be called an A-class celebrity - from the trailer it might have seemed that a sad man with fluffy mustache. But this illusion disappears after the scene of the first conversation about the divorce of the two main characters. The transformation that occurs with the husband, after the wife announces that she no longer loves him, is shown so surprisingly funny and realistic that later it becomes difficult to understand on the side of which of the heroes you really are. Before that, a rustic, exceptionally calm man with a low voice and a serious expression turns into a permanently scandalous child who calls Parker's lover with stupid name-calling and tells everyone in a row about his wife's betrayal.
Despite the fact that Parker and Church dominate the screen, the casting for the supporting role was almost more thorough than the first one. Best friend Frances, who shot her husband and convinces everyone that he gained weight on purpose to annoy her, is played by one of the most memorable former members of Saturday Night Live, Molly Shannon. The role of the cowardly lover went to the New Zealand comedian Jemaine Clement, whom many know from the mocumentari about the vampires "Real Ghouls", and someone probably remembers from the legendary "Flight of the Concords".
The main question asked by the series is voiced by the heroine Frances in the very first episode: "How can you happily live eight years in marriage, and then just want to take off your husband's head?" After all, Robert and Francis have probably gone from madly in love to the impossibility of being close to each other. "Divorce" is unlikely to give an answer to it, but it has already shown and will show (so far exactly half of the episodes have been released) all the unpleasant details of this unpleasant, but familiar to many paths.