Deeply dissatisfied by early ‘80s suburban ennui, Sweet and Betty don’t understand how a lot they’ve in widespread. For one factor, they each have husbands who don’t contact their wives sufficient. Sweet’s husband Pat (Timothy Simons of “Veep” fame) is a pleasant sufficient man who principally ignores her when she tries to get intimate. She turns into more and more turned on by romance novels and is impressed by a pal’s second probability at happiness after a divorce to discover a new spark in her life. She principally decides to have an affair the identical manner some folks make a grocery listing. It’s yet one more factor she has to do in her life. And the best goal is somebody in her pal circle, Allan Gore (Pablo Schreiber), Betty’s husband.
Betty arguably has it worse than Sweet from the start. Allan is a distant husband, somebody who’s both touring or ignoring her at house. And when she adopts a baby with severe anger points, Allan doesn’t actually step to the plate to assist out. The always-great Schreiber deftly captures the type of man who isn’t malicious as a lot as innocuous, the type of one that doesn’t understand he’s taking his spouse without any consideration till it’s too late. And the stellar Lynskey expresses the numbing despair of suburbia in a manner that doesn’t really feel clichéd. She does a lot with only a sigh or defeated physique language. There’s additionally an fascinating parallel observe embedded on this story by Veith and Antosca in that Betty principally sees a brand new youngster of their house as a method to make her life extra fascinating whereas Sweet chooses infidelity to boost her boredom.
As for Biel, she has actually turned a nook when it comes to efficiency in the previous few years, doing her career-best work on the superb “The Sinner,” and proving right here that that was no fluke. She imbues Sweet with a jittery power that makes it seem to be this girl’s good home of playing cards needed to collapse sooner or later. The best way Sweet treats her affair like one thing else on her housewife to-do listing is fascinating. Get the groceries, decide up the children, have intercourse with a pal’s husband. She’s even higher within the scenes after the homicide; she makes her breath shallower, repeats phrases, nods her head in an unnatural manner—she’s obtained the air of a girl who is aware of the times earlier than she will get caught are getting shorter. It’s a improbable efficiency. “Sweet” is price seeing for its quartet of performers alone. (And I liked a sorta meta factor within the casting of the cops who find yourself main the investigation that does not appear public and so I received’t spoil.)