Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Ira Sachs’ Toronto Film Festival entry “Married Life” says Reuters.
The post-World War II drama follows a meek man (Chris Cooper) who falls for a beautiful, younger woman (Rachel McAdams). His main obstacles are his good friend (Pierce Brosnan) with an equally strong attraction to her and his controlling wife (Patricia Clarkson), whom he’d like to spare the agony of divorce by poisoning her.
The film received mixed reaction from an initial buyers’ screening this summer, but its final cut debuted to a warmer response in Toronto. Sachs (“The Delta”) and Oren Moverman (“I’m Not There”) adapted their screenplay from John Bingham’s novel “Five Roundabouts to Heaven.”