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Jennifer Garner's Onscreen Marriage to Bryan Cranston Is Falling Apart in New Clip from Wakefield

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Jennifer Garner plays a wife in the midst of a marital crisis in her new film Wakefield.

The film tells the story of a successful suburban family man named Howard Wakefield (played by Bryan Cranston), who decides to escape his life by disappearing into his attic. Surviving by scavenging for food at night, Wakefield secretly watches while the lives of his wife and children move on without him.

In a new clip from the film, debuting exclusively on PEOPLE, some of the cracks in the Wakefields’ marriage begin to emerge. The scene appears to take place before Cranston’s character decamps to the attic, and shows the couple arguing about their relationship.

“I am so sick of this constant surveillance,” Garner’s character says, a subtle foreshadowing of Cranston’s voyeuristic behavior while living in the attic.

When Wakefield seems to suggest his wife was flirting with another man, she snaps back, “Do you think I’d be even remotely inclined to start something up with anyone given the relationship we have?”

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If the emotionally wrought conversation seems especially convincing, that’s because the two actors worked hard to develop a sense of intimacy with each other in a short time frame.

“We went to a day spa and I gave her a mani-pedi,” Cranston revealed last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The spa day was part of what he called a “crash course on intimacy” that helped them both prepare for their roles in what was an unusually fast-paced production.

Wakefield is in limited release now and opens wide on May 26.