Movies: Maria Bello: A History of Violence

A History of Violence

It's called A History of Violence, and there's plenty of that, but the movie could also be called The Mystery of Sex, for two scenes shared by Maria Bello and Viggo Mortensen. In the first, Bello, the doting Midwestern wife and mom, dons her old cheerleader togs for some playful whoopee with Mortensen, her placid, stalwart hubby. In the second, all hell breaks loose on the stairs of their home. The sex is angry, feral, more an act of fury than of love, and she might be doing it with a different, more dangerous man.

"It was exhausting," Bello, 38, says...

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