Anne Hathaway and Tunde Adebimpe share the love in Rachel Getting Married.
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Jonathan Demme). 114 minutes. For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
Academy Award poolies, take note: Anne Hathaway plays a junkie in Jonathan Demme's new movie and she's sure to draw Oscar's attention.
The story's familiar - bad girl comes home for her sister's wedding - but you've never seen it done this way before.
Director Demme and cinematographer Declan Quinn set out to make a film that looks like the most beautiful home movie ever made, and they succeed. The cameras, often operated by actors on the set, seem to stalk the characters, and scenes unfold in long, apparently unrehearsed takes.
This strategy results in almost unbearable intensity, exacerbated by a tragedy still haunting the family of the bride, but it's leavened by the wedding itself, which, with its super-cool guests and fabulous music, is the kind of party you wish you could be invited to.
An almost unrecognizable Debra Winger plays the mother of Hathaway's character, Kym, and the bride, Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), and she's astonishing as a woman barely able to contain her rage. DeWitt is superb in the not very showy role of the good girl who hates dramatics.
But this is Hathaway's movie. Biting, unpredictable, infuriating - she's the girl you hate to love.
Very heavy, very moving.