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Rachel Getting Married

Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 2008
Drama, Romance


A young woman with a history of drug problems is given temporary release from her rehabilitation facility to attend her sister’s wedding, but her arrival causes heated family tensions to bubble to the surface.

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Rachel Getting Married Directed by Jonathan Demme

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2009 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | 6 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

In Rachel Getting Married, this technique [Demme’s first-person humanism] is used to help viewers get under the skin of a character who is walking into a proverbial hornet’s nest of potential conflict and prolonged grief. This technique is achieved through the cinematography of Declan Quinn, whose choice to shoot the film like a “home movie” gives it an insular quality related to old VHS tapes and family secrets.
August 10, 2017
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Watching Rachel Getting Married feels a lot like getting invited to a big, messy, gorgeous wedding yourself. As guests, we watch the drama, the humor, and the celebration unfold. We’re drawn into the story and made to feel like part of the action. It’s a strangely hospitable film… Rachel Getting Married embodies that soulful love of the world — and it’s exactly the right movie to watch to honor his memory.
April 29, 2017
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Demme’s scabrous, raw and revealing “Rachel Getting Married” showcases his gift for empathy, but here it’s stripped of any sentimentality at all and sharpened to an edge so keen you could cut yourself on it. This is embodied especially in Hathaway’s Oscar-nominated, exposed-nerve performance.
April 27, 2017
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