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A long-term relationship threatens to implode over the course of one tumultuous night. After six years together, thirty-something couple Henry (Ben Feldman) and Dianne (Olivia Thirlby) find themselves caught between their fears of commitment and societal pressure to settle down and marry. An impulsive decision and a surprise revelation send each into an emotional tailspin. Heading out into the LA night, both Henry and Dianne encounter strangers he a free-spirited rocker (Adam Goldberg), she a charming artist (Analeigh Tipton) who offer the possibility of new romantic thrills. The choices each makes will determine what if anything will be left of their relationship come morning. By turns brutally honest and incisively funny, Between Us is a raw, real, and all-too-relatable look at the rocky terrain of 21st century romance.
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Heading out into the Los Angeles night, Henry and Dianne each encounter strangers. She meets a lonely performance artist (Adam Goldberg, “Saving Private Ryan”), he a charming musician (Analeigh Tipton, “Crazy Stupid Love”). These encounters offer the possibility of new romantic thrills, but the choices Henry and Dianne make will determine what will be left of their relationship when morning comes.
Writer-director Rafael Palacio Illingsworth focuses on that period in a relationship when it will either end or move forward. Though the couple have thought of themselves as the antithesis of marriage complete with a home in suburbia, children, and a regimented life, they find themselves edging into that lifestyle. This is shown when, on the verge of buying a modern apartment at the urging of Henry’s parents (Peter Bogdanovich, Lesley Ann Warren), Henry backs out at the last minute. Though Dianne is upset with his vacillation, she, too, is reluctant to take the step of owning something so permanent.
Recognizing the gravity of commitment, they rebel, figuring their rebellion will either make or break the relationship. The film features lots of bickering and angst among the main characters, but ultimately provides a compelling portrait of the fragility of contemporary relationships.
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