Saturday, October 25, 2008


RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (****) is a small and intimate masterpiece for director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet. I never thought I'd use the phrase tour de force when describing a performance given by Anne Hathaway. But I am know. She's a revelation here. Demme, shooting in a very Susanne Bier/AFTER THE WEDDING style, has crafted a penetrating domestic drama refreshingly free of cliche and stripped of any pretension. The layers of Lumet's tightly woven and deeply felt script are brilliant upon close inspection. Everything felt real in this engrossing film and I can't wait for my second viewing.

Full review soon.

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