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Filmmaker Rebecca Miller amuses with adultery in Maggie's Plan

The new film depicts a woman's plan to end her marriage by setting her husband up with his ex-wife — starring Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore.
Director Rebecca Miller even pokes fun at her own habits and eccentricities in the film. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Director Rebecca Miller's new film, Maggie's Plan, may involve a love triangle, but not the kind you'd expect. What Miller refers to as the "emotional geometry" of the story is, in fact, Maggie's plan.

When Maggie no longer wants to be with her husband, she decides the best way out is to set him up with another woman — his ex-wife.   

While the issues of adultery and loneliness that this film tackles could have made it a tense drama, Maggie's Plan is a comedy with absurd moments that Miller says reflect our reality, where one moment is silly and the next serious. It's also a story that highlights the modern logistics of coupling, families and the sheer organization required to maintain them.

"It's a confusing and exhilarating time," Miller tells Shad, "and I think that I just wanted to capture this moment, like a little selfie." 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Maggie's Plan, which stars Greta Gerwig as Maggie, Julianne Moore as Georgette, the ex-wife, and Ethan Hawke as John, the man in the middle of Maggie's intentional love triangle.

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