Should I Watch It? Scenes From a Marriage, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain’s brutal new series.

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Pain. 

Scenes From a Marriage is brutal. It’s full of heart-wrenching, intimate scenes you don’t feel like you should be watching but somehow, you still find yourself immersed and wanting to persevere.

What TV shows will it remind you of?

Marriage Story for the hashing out of a painful, confusing divorce, and Normal People for the two people who are drawn to each other despite everything, and the excruciating communication between the leads.

How long is it?

There are five episodes, ranging from 55 to 65 minutes in length. 

The first episode will stream on On Demand on Foxtel and on Binge on September 13, with a new episode dropping weekly.

So, should you watch it? 

Scenes From a Marriage will be divisive.

On one hand, it’s prestige television likely to garner award nominations for the leads. Their care of the characters is the series’ highlight.

The chemistry is really there, even when the characters are screaming at each other.

Director Hagai Levi had a stroke of genius when he decided to begin each episode with a behind-the-scenes look at the set, time-stamped by the crew wandering around fully masked as Chastain or Isaac prepare for ‘action’.