Netflix ‘Diorama’ Movie Review – Just Science, Almost No Entertainment


At the beginning, the evolution of the relationship between man and woman is shown and how it has affected marriages. Frida and Björn are a married couple. We can see their journey from the moment they realized they were pregnant to ten years later when they were the proud parents of three children and married. Over time, the spark between them faded and they sought adventures outside of their marriage. This led to Frida cheating on her husband as she was unhappy with her marriage as the majority of the responsibilities fell to her and the husband was not there to share them.

We also see the effect divorce can have on children, which is huge. At such a young age, they cannot understand what their parents are going through. Therefore, it takes them a little time to adapt to the situation. Frida and Björn’s children are going through the same thing. The parents take turns spending time with the children, but they often feel their mother’s absence.

The concepts of lust and extramarital affairs were explained in detail. The scientific reasoning behind them has also been provided with support from various studies and the genes responsible. Various questions have been raised regarding the increase in divorce rates. The film discusses the different phases a marriage goes through such as pair bonding, boredom, rekindling, the Coolidge effect, pair bonding patterns, separation trauma, and survival.

Various scientific explanations like sex produce dopamine which creates attachment have been provided many times. Dopamine, oxytocin and genes are the most common words you can hear. With all this data, the movie does its best to explain the things that were shown, but it doesn’t impress the audience that much.

At each passing phase, a pair of animals is shown expressing their feelings. Many innovative ideas have been used, but they do not achieve their goal. The film is more about philosophy and science-based than dealing with the pair themselves. So those interested in learning how certain genes and hormones influence human behavior can watch the film.

In my opinion, Diorama is a boring movie that, instead of exploring dynamics, focuses on the story of how relationships evolve and how things change over time. The idea behind the movie was perfect and unique, but it wasn’t executed properly. To make such science-backed movies, they need to be more engaging so audiences can relate. After the first half, the maximum audience wouldn’t want to continue watching the movie because the second half is filled with fights and nothing else. Throughout the film, several questions have been raised, such as whether monogamy is hereditary or environmental, but the answer lies in his understanding of the subject.

Final score – [7/10]
Reviewed by – Riya Singh
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