Marriage. Divorce. Fidelity. Friendship. There are two sides to every love story, and “The Trouble with the Truth” explores the side rarely discussed: what happens between a couple after their divorce.
Robert (John Shea) and Emily (Lea Thompson) are a divorced couple whose grown daughter, Jenny (Danielle Harris), has just announced her own engagement. Robert, a talented jazz musician who plays piano in a hotel bar, likes the freedom of his new lifestyle. Low overhead, minimal commitments…it’s a wondrous ideal. He can’t understand why anyone would want to get married, and he firmly advises Jenny against it. Emily, on the other hand, clearly does not share his views. A successful novelist, Emily is now married to someone else.
The film is basically a continuing conversation centering on what happens when Robert and Emily get together to discuss their daughter’s impending nuptials. Over the course of one evening the couple revisits their very different ideas about love and careers, dredge up old memories, discuss their current lives, and admit the feelings they have for each other. “The Trouble with the Truth” is a thought-provoking debate between the heart and the head.
Written and directed by Jim Hemphill, the comedy/drama is scheduled for a limited release (New York and Los Angeles) on September 14, 2012 by Winning Edge partners. The film is rated R, for some language and sexual references.