‘Di­vorce’ is mis­er­able for ev­ery­one – not just the cou­ple split­ting up

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but not with­out con­text. If Robert and Frances’ snip­ing at each other told us some­thing about where their mar­riage went wrong, and what about their sub­ur­ban ex­is­tence was un­sat­is­fy­ing, it might be worth­while. But the idea that peo­ple be­have harshly af­ter one of them sud­denly asks for a di­vorce un­der stress­ful cir­cum­stances is not pre­cisely sur­pris­ing.

I don’t need my fic­tional char­ac­ters to be like­able in or­der to en­joy them. I wouldn’t have stuck it out through five in­ter­mit­tently frus­trat­ing, con­tin­u­ally re­ward­ing sea­sons of Girls if that was the case. But Lena Dun­ham’s se­ries cap­tures some­thing more than ac­ri­mony and bad be­hav­iour.

It’s gen­er­a­tionally and geo­graph­i­cally spe­cific and the cou­ples on the show share real heat and real sad­ness: the mo­ment when Han­nah (Dun­ham) and her ex, Adam (Adam Driver), face off over a bassinet in a hos­pi­tal nurs­ery hit me harder than any­thing in three hours of Di­vorce.

Af­ter Sex and the City, Parker rarely got the op­por­tu­nity to do the sort of dra­matic act­ing she so clearly had the chops for.

Watch­ing her turn her eyes into twin wells of mis­ery is a re­minder of just how lit­tle Parker has been ap­pre­ci­ated, and how deeply Sex and the City was mis­un­der­stood. Peretz gives the se­ries, which be­gins in win­ter, a cool, quiet look that makes the vol­canic emo­tions erupt­ing from Frances and Robert all the more un­set­tling.

And it’s al­ways a plea­sure to see Talia Bal­sam, here play­ing Frances’s friend Dal­las, on screen.

But Di­vorce should be a cau­tion that leach­ing all the fun out of a show doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally make a story in­sight­ful.

West­world hasn’t for­got­ten to spike its philosophis­ing with vis­ual plea­sures and un­nerv­ing thrills. I un­der­stand if Parker wanted to re­bound from Car­rie Brad­shaw’s pun-bound rep­u­ta­tion. But I don’t know if any­one’s go­ing to fall in love with Frances while she’s fall­ing out of love with Robert. – Wash­ing­ton Post

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