Noah Baumbach / US, GB, 2022 / 136 min.
Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel is both a biting comedy about family relationships and the academic world, and a prognostication of a society in decay. With superb roles for Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, this film opened the Venice film festival.
He is a professor leading a study group on ‘Hitler studies’, she is a mentally unstable wife who takes mysterious pills to quiet her mortal terror. Together they have six children from several marriages – and their lives are being threatened by a chemical disaster. This, in short, is the storyline of Noah Baumbach’s latest film, a streaming production that world-premièred at the Venice film festival, and can be seen on Netflix from 30 December.