The art dealer Beat (Steve Coogan) and rock singer Susan (Julianna Moore) get divorced, and at their small daughter Meyzi (Onat April) new life begins. At first the girl lives with mother, then the right of guardianship is received by the father, but both of them see in the baby first of all possibility to annoy other party: «At whom guardianship, that also is right!» Soon both being spouses find new partners, and Meyzi it is necessary to get used to that its former nurse Margo (Joanna Vanderkham) became her stepmother, and the barman Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgord) now her stepfather. Meanwhile Bil and Susan, shipped in the pits, every day keep away from the daughter, and gradually Meyzi starts to feel more quietly in the company of Margo and the Lincoln, than in the presence of parents.
To play the heroine, Julianna Moore studied Courtenay Lav and Pattie Smith’s lives which, as well as Susan, combine a rock music with motherhood
Divorce is an enormous trauma for the small child. Especially if at it or at it intelligent, rather responsible parents who do not run one after another with knifes and do not hide from each other in another’s houses. Today everything is seemingly quite good, and parents smile and behave as always, and tomorrow – crack! – the divorce flywheel is untwisted. And here already both parents incite the child against the former spouses, try to draw it on the party, connect to war native and friends … And the poor child cannot understand in any way that occurs and whether dreadful opposition of two relatives to it people will come to an end sometime. And when on the horizon there is new "father" and "mother", the situation gets confused finally, and the child needs to go down stream and hope only that «will grow – will understand» is not mere words.
For the Scottish actress Joanna Vanderkham «Divorce in the big city» – a debut on the big screen. On the contrary, for Onata April it already the fifth role at cinema
The modernized screen version of the book «Is devoted to it that knew Meyzi» the American classic Henry James. When James at the end of the XIX century composed the novel, it described secular British customs, trying to warn compatriots against transatlantic mistakes. As we know now, anything at it did not leave. The British customs during lifetime of the writer won the conservative New World, and now, in the XXI century there is no time, «That knew Meyzi» is actual both in England, and in the USA, and in Russia. Every second marriage comes to an end with divorce, and kids everywhere in despair look at how hostility of parents plants them not only with each other, but also with children. Though adults swear and swear that children for them always on the first place.
To emphasize the main subject of the film, founders of "Divorce" show the world eyes of the small child. We see only that sees Meyzi, we hear only that she hears, and quickly we understand, how it is not enough and much. It is "not enough" – because a lot of things stays behind the scenes («To you it still to know early»), and we need to finish thinking only that, for example, connected Bil about Margo, and Susan with the Lincoln.« It is a lot of» – because we together with the girl feel falseness in promises of her parents and genuine kindness in words of her stepfather and the stepmother. And the second is perhaps more terrible than the first. What can be more awful than understanding, what another’s people treat you with bigger warmth, than your one and only father and mother? Cine horrors do not go with it to any comparison, and the light, blank picture of "Divorce" does not mislead. On separate shots it is possible to decide that it is almost romantic comedy about general happiness. But when you watch the film, you realize that "Divorce" – one of the most sad family dramas of the last years. It not the Greek tragedy only because anybody kills nobody.