Two couples, one recently hitched, the other “courting,” gab, spat, shag and gab again in “Married/Unmarried,” a faux-cool examination of contempo relationships that’s as shallow as the characters onscreen. Low-budget directorial debut of mono-monikered legit writer Noli, here adapting one of his own (unstaged) plays, took three years to get a very limited release May 7 in Blighty and looked to disappear instantaneously.
While having a post-coital bath, Paul (Paolo Seganti) casually mentions to wife Amanda (Gina Bellman) that he just saw an ex-g.f. (Lidija Zovkic) in a TV yogurt commercial, sparking a torrent of jealous questioning by Amanda. Meanwhile, Paul’s buddy, icy control freak Danny (Ben Daniels), meets Kim (Kristen McMenamy) in a nightclub, and the two enter into a curious S&M relationship. A late-on twist tying the two couples together is as unbelievable as the characters themselves — especially the attraction between Danny and Kim, and friendship between Paul and Danny — and pic’s sexual detail is either gratuitous or laughable. Aside from Bellman, cast is OK, and blowup from Super-16 good, showcasing Paul Sadourian’s designer-color lensing. French actor Denis Lavant cameos as a street weirdo.