The movie was painful to watch, especially at a time when agency and representation of women in pop culture are getting more serious attention. I wonder how this movie would've fared if it was made today, but I will not go into the complexities of retrospective criticism.
Still, I do think that this film paints an evocative picture of an ailing marriage. The reverse chronology wasn’t a gimmick — or it maybe it was, but it did add value to the narrative. Most stories, after all, begin with an ending, and our musings on failures and regret often only happen in retrospect.