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Rachel Getting Married
A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
This film was the decades biggest surprise for me. Just proves that the smallest of films can do the biggest of impacts. And much of it is thanks to Anne Hathaway, who delivers the role of a lifetime.
Rachel Getting Married takes a documentary style approach to a story of how drug addiction can affect a family and it features Anne Hathaway's best performance to date.
I was tweeting about this movie while watching it, and Starr said she was looking forward to my review, since it was clear I was enjoying the film.
Unfortunately, as I warned her, I have a hard time writing about movies that affect me deeply. It's a painful and beautiful movie, and Annie Hathaway acts it to pieces. She's astonishing. (And Dewitt is great, too.) I am not sure what else to say right now.
I am numb inside.
I am in love with this film. Anne Hathaway's performance as a selfish piece of shit drug addict was literally mesmerizing. Her sister was great, as well.
17 years prior, Jonathan Demme made his name in the film industry. The Silence of the Lambs was that film; one of the most terrifying and claustrophobic depictions of the human decay in all of cinema. The film which challenges the senses, and the stomach of its audience, is without a doubt one of the finest movies of all-time; a depressing, systematic masterpiece. Demme, the man behind it all, worked wonders with it. Jodie Foster, portraying Clarice Starling; the protagonist, was a woman of inner strength and knowledge and the work from Foster, for me, is one of the defining cinematic performances in all of horror.
I may be clutching at straws here, but the work from Anne Hathaway in…
I now have 2 staple "had a stressful day so I'm gonna drink 3 glasses of Malbec and watch a film that makes me cry" films: Erin Brockovich & now Jonathan Demme's 5-Star Journey of Family Issues: Rachel Getting Married
Lovely Rachel is getting married, and her sister Kym, temporarily out of rehab, is also invited.
Not everything goes as planned.
Demme's handheld direction perfectly suits the semi-documentary and realistic style of documenting the marriage, but somehow it was distracting.
I feel it's all with ups and downs: some tedious scenes, like the speeches at the dinner table or the dishwasher scene (although that ended powerfully), are mixed with absorbing sequences, like when the sisters are on collision course for the first time.
It's this strange combination that seriously hampered my experience, and that's certainly not the fault from the acting, which is terrific across the board.
This was released 6 years ago. Of course the only thought that popped into my cynical mind rewatching this was "You know, they're probably divorced now."
Anne Hathaway played this role really well. I thought she really captured the emotion of being the black sheep introvert, and I saw a lot of myself in her character.
The style of the film is definitely not my favourite, I felt like there was a LOT of filler, and it ended up going nowhere. No climax, no lessons, no changes...
But I stopped short of the end for a break and went back to finish it... that says something.
The last on my catch up list for '08 unless I cave and see LAST CHANCE HARVEY. Despite Demme's attempts at stripping away clichés and bringing a sense of rawness with handheld camera and plenty of parental/sibling clashes, it couldn't escape from being irritatingly annoying during the wedding stuff, which there was an unnecessarily a lot of. Even so, Hathaway was good, as was the guy who played her dad. Demme did a great job behind the camera and making everything very natural.
Watched at Mary's
Newsflash: I still love this movie.
Demme does Dogme (sort of)
I'll always consider Hathaway one of the finest actresses of that particular decade solely based on her performance in this film.
It's rarely pretty to look at but the digital, rough around the edges, photography lends Rachel Getting Married a grounding and immediacy. Jonathan Demme's direction keeps the characters front and centre, emotional authenticity always the focus, as we experience all the up and downs that come from being around family and the airing out of long standing grievances.
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