The Trouble with the Truth (2011)

“Part of the greatness of this film is that it not only avoids any simple answers, but it also takes us into the awkward contradictions and internal dishonesties that help us look at the mirror each day.

In contrast to the characters in the Before Sunrise films, where I felt we were looking at two people speaking about their generation, these are two very real individuals speaking about themselves. It’s a conversation that many of us should have, but never will.

Movies about teenagers tend to romanticize first loves as the stuff of poetry, expressing something supposedly uniquely pure. This movie, about adults, shatters any notion of romantic love, regarding it as an invention only a few centuries old.

We learn, instead, that it is not your first love, but your first spouse who had the privilege of sharing something primordial with you.”

—Roger Ebert


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