Rachel Getting Married (2008)

dir. Jonathan Demme. Kym (Anne Hathaway) gets out of rehab the day before her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt) gets married. Anne Hathaway and Rosemarie DeWitt are superb, creating a believable strained sisterly relationship. The atmosphere of the family gatherings is almost too real. It perfectly captures how it feels to be in the middle of a group of loving raucous, well meaning friends and family, when you’re really not in right frame of mind. Also captures the accidental cruelty of friends and family when everyone is under stress. The documentary style of the filming, makes it even more real, and often highly stressful. Hathaway is especially wonderful, with her face fluctuating between her winning smile, and flashes of sadness, as she tries to survive the festivities. The almost constant drone of violin music in the background is suffocating, but very effective. All of the performances in the family are strong, and give a very good example for a Best Ensemble Cast award in the major film industry awards.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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