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For Better or for Worse (1993)

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Academy Award Nomination Best Documentary Feature A one-hour film that explores the lives and relationships of five feisty couples, each married fifty years or longer. What accounts for long lasting relationships? Is it possible to maintain interest in one sexual partner over six decades? Can small arguments actually contribute to the longevity of a marriage? For Better or For Worse, nominated for an Oscar for best feature documentary in 1993, explores the lives and relationships of five feisty couples, each married fifty years or longer.
Filmed over the course of five years, filmmaker David Collier takes us on an intimate exploration as the couples discuss the issues that inform every long-term relationship: togetherness vs. Personal independence; monogamy vs. open marriage; conflict resolution; love and sex; aging together; death and the prospect of living alone. Drawing on rich caches of wisdom and experience, the couples recount colorful stories of their shared journeys, from living room jazz jam sessions, to the Gay Pride parade in New York, to the backwoods of Northern California. The couples’ comments and stories, tinged with both joy and sorrow, are often eye-opening, remarkably frank and surprisingly open minded. In a time when marriage has become much more difficult to sustain, For Better or For Worse offers wise, refreshingly down-to-earth insights into what may still be one of the most rewarding undertakings in life.
David Collier, Betsy Thompson
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