An underrated and engrossing drama about a family in meltdown, elevated by its Dogma approach. The characters and situations feel so real it is as if you are watching a documentary, all of them are as frustrating as they are sympathetic. There is obviously a lot of long-term pain causing the hysteria depicted and there are no resolutions - we merely see a snap shot of their story. Hathawy's best performance so far
A solid drama is raised up further by fantastic performances, including a lead turn from Anne Hathaway that ranks up there with her very best. Bill Irwin, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Debra Winger are also impressive, and the low-key direction from Jonathan Demme helps, even if it makes some scenes feel almost too unbearably awkward at times.
Jonathan Demme transforms a very standard Hollywood plot into a gem of a film; what fascinated me is how he works with hand-held camera to explore each character and situation in more depth. He's interested in observing the actors interacting around a space more than constantly moving the story forward; and that is what makes his storytelling so authentically human. Great performance from Anne Hathaway!
Wooo finally made it to the end..boooooooring and annoying..not a working class film, thats for sure.hehe 2 hours of crying and immature nagging within a wealthy family, spoiled and over sensitive in some upper class multicultural blissland where everyone loves everyone. Seems like some strange commercial for a utopian upper class hippy commune. Middle eastern music, jazz, reggae and Samba..a real hippy nightmare.
Kym (Hathaway) is coming home to attend the marriage of her sister Rachel (DeWitt). Within these days of stay, it is all about guilt, repressed liability and unsolved problems within and among all family members. The whole story is very much dominated by the nasty and annoying character of Kym. This, and the very slow development of the story makes the watching inconvenient at times. 3 stars, not more.
A gorgeously-shot film full of wit, insight and powerful moments buried in needless filler! I wanted to love it, and a part of me does I think... but I mean there's a six-minute sequence where two characters gleefully compete to see who can unload the fucking dishwasher faster. Fine performances regardless, particularly from Hathaway.
the realistic approach taken by Demme drew me to be feel involved with the family. I felt the hurt, sorrow, depression and happiness portrayed by each character. A great portrayal of a dysfunctional girl and her family's dysfunctional approach to handling her. Would have love to see more character development and maybe less of the wedding.