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Rachel Getting Married

Fresh out of rehab, Kym (Anne Hathaway) goes to her family’s house where everybody’s preparing for her sister’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding… but Kym’s arrival stirs up emotions. Jonathan Demme’s first picture in four years is a welcome comeback, a compelling drama that shows how hard it is to break the bond between family members, in spite of all the grief, self-contempt, jealousy and anger that mar their life together. The hand-held camera and utter realism of the story brings us close to these people and their baggage; very strong performances by Hathaway and Bill Irwin as her father. Demme also uses live music in an effective way throughout the film.

2008-U.S. 113 min. Color. Produced by Jonathan Demme, Neda Armian, Marc Platt. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Screenplay: Jenny Lumet. Cast: Anne Hathaway (Kym), Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel), Bill Irwin (Paul), Debra Winger, Tunde Adebimpe, Mather Zickel… Cameo: Roger Corman.

Trivia: Lumet is the daughter of Sidney and this script is her first to be produced.

Last word: “[Lumet] didn’t try to make the characters likeable. She was trying to make them real, unique and that poses the immediate question: how are you going to shoot it? The ‘style’ that I’ve been trying to ‘develop’ over decades of filmmaking was, for a film buff, extremely enjoyable, but extremely manipulative, meticulously designing shots to manipulate the viewers’ emotions. But this time, the sense was: ‘Let’s do it like a home movie. Let’s not manipulate. Let’s not even rehearse. Let’s gather great actors and put them in a room and pretend we’re making a documentary.'” (Demme, indieLondon)



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