The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
"Like many relationships, Breaking Upwards starts in bed and ends on the street. The journey in between, however, feels as new as anything a tiny budget and a boatload of talent could produce" -New York Times
"Smart and lively and, in the end, quite affecting" -Village Voice
Critics' Pick! -New York Magazine
"[The film has] a DIY mumblecore vibe, including its very engaging conversational style, but thanks to [director] Wein, there is less mumble, more core from the story and the cast" -Los Angeles Times
"Smart, witty and less self-absorbed than you might reasonably expect" -NPR
"Daryl Wein's clever Breaking Upwards comes knocking at the door like a wolf in sheep's clothing, draping reality in a fictional romantic comedy" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
Breaking Upwards follows a young, real-life New York couple in a fictional narrative inspired by their open relationship. After four years together, their relationship has grown stifled, and desperate to escape their ennui, but fearful of life apart, they decide to intricately strategize their own break up. Based on an actual experiment devised by filmmakers and partners, Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones, Breaking Upwards interprets a year in their lives exploring alternatives to monogamy, and the madness (as well as unintended consequences) that inevitably ensues. An uncensored look at young love, lust, and the pangs of codependency, Breaking Upwards follows its characters as they navigate, as well as negotiate, their mutual emotions across the city they love. This anti-romantic indie comedy poses the question: is it ever possible to grow apart together?