Rachel Getting Married

  • 114'
  • USA
  • 2008
Apparently Jonathan Demme is a director who can do anything. He made Stop Making Sense (1984), a legendary music film, while The Silence of the Lambs (1991) was one of the most tense serial-killer films ever, and with The Agronomist (2003) he made an outspoken political documentary. And now he presents a huis-clos family drama, and that's great too.
The scenario was written by Jenny Lumet, daughter of Sidney. Father Lumet interested the versatile director, who in turn collected a large company of the best possible actors.
The film is not about Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). Rachel is the sister of Kym (Anne Hathaway) and Kym is the true centre of the film, and the acting achievement by Hathaway is also what gives the film its weight. For the wedding in the title, Kym is let out of a detox centre for a day. She's obviously not healed and her rash and selfish behaviour soon drags her whole family down into hysterical unrest.
Rachel's future husband is a black man. His whole family does their best in the spoiled and irritable white environment. The real tragedy is not formed by a junkie sister, but by what is hidden away under thin ice in the family. Much remains unsaid, yet still emerges indirectly.
The film is entirely in the hands of the actors. The camera follows subtly and subserviently and as such is stunning. A lesson in film acting. (GjZ)
Director
Jonathan Demme
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
114'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Ilona Herzberg, Carol Cuddy, Neda Armian, Marc Platt
Production Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Sales
Sony Pictures Classics
Screenplay
Jenny Lumet
Cinematography
Declan Quinn
Editor
Tim Squyres
Production Design
Ford Wheeler
Sound Design
Jeff Pullman
Music
Suzana Peri
Cast
Anne Hathaway
Local Distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing Netherlands
Website
http://sonyclassics.com/rachelgettingmarried