Rachel Getting Married (2008)
The siblings: Kym (Anne Hathaway) and Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt)
What puts them at odds? A wedding should be a happy event to bring families together, but stress and drama can also lurk around every decorated corner. Especially when the bride-to-be has chosen a friend over her troubled, addict sister for maid of honour and said sis is released from rehab to attend…
Jonathan Demme’s film focuses on one very messed up family, whose patriarch (Bill Irwin) largely refuses to acknowledge its failings. There’s crackling tension between Rachel and Kym, and Kym’s painful, tragic past – including an incident that led to their younger brother’s death – weighs heavily upon the attempted happiness of the wedding as old wounds tear open and doses of salt are poured in. All the performances are incredibly raw and honest, none more so than Hathaway, who was handed an Oscar nomination for her unflinching portrayal of a young woman haunted by her past and scared by her future.
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