Americans in Bed, the last of HBO’s summer documentary film series, is basically pillow talk from 10 very diverse couples. From the privacy of their own bedrooms, ten couples offer frank, funny and often surprising insights into love, sex and marriage. The couples represent a rich cross-section of ages, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations.
The United States not only has one of the highest marriage rates in developed countries, but also has the third-highest divorce rate and sees close to half of all of those unions fail. Americans in Bed is filled with honesty and emotions and spotlights many of the reasons couples come together and many times grow apart and divorce.
The interviews, conducted by Director Philippa Robinson, are filmed with the couples comfortably tucked into their own beds and asks probing questions about what each couple looked for in a partner and how they knew when they had found it. The couples involved ages range from Helen and Red who have been married for 71 years and now live in assisted living, to a pair of fresh-faced newlyweds. Each couple is encouraged to open their hearts and minds as they share candid and touching insights into their relationships. The interviews underscore the fact that no union is as simple as it seems on the surface and no two love stories are ever alike.
As the couples gradually disclose intimate thoughts about the sometimes painfully private issues that affect every relationship, they surprise each other with feelings long held back, while others revisit old hurts as if they had happened yesterday. Nothing seems to be held back – private issues that affect every relationship, including passion, fidelity, family obligations, separation, conflict, negotiation and illness are all eventually discussed and disclosed.
Americans in Bed premieres MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 12 (3:45 a.m.), 15 (2:00 a.m.) , 21 (midnight) and 27 (1:45 a.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Aug. 14 (8:00 p.m.)
Pam Buttikofer is co-founder of Imperfect Women.