Next week will mark the first anniversary of the death of Jonathan Demmedirector of The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense a previous subject of this column. His final masterpiece, Rachel Getting Marrieddrew on his experiences as a documentarian to fashion a truly affecting work about a recovering addict attempting to come to terms with her past. Remarkably, Demme had wanted to work with the actress since spotting her in a crowded screening five years earlier and immediately considered her for the lead.
Debra Winger first appears in Rachel Getting Married about halfway through. As Abby, mother of the titular bride, Winger brings complication, tension, and a sense of dislocation. Even better, she brings distance.
A troubled young woman Anne Hathaway looks forward to returning home after a long stint at rehab, only to find herself in the midst of her older sister's Rosemarie Dewitt chaotic wedding. As family and friends gather together, old wounds are re-opened, and relationships -- both old and new -- make way for an addict's self-discovery. Directed by Jonathan Demme.
By turns bizarrely perky, hostile and self-pitying, her rambling four-minute toast at the rehearsal dinner for the wedding of her sister, Rachel Rosemarie DeWittoffers an indelible, if sometimes repellent portrait of a recovering addict who makes people squirm. Kym, who has been in and out of rehab several times, has just been released on a temporary pass from a treatment center near the Buchman home in Connecticut. The movie was filmed in Stamford. She has already precipitated pre-wedding tension by pressuring the beautiful, well-behaved Rachel to upgrade her at the last minute from bridesmaid to maid of honor.
You might leave "Rachel Getting Married" moved by its tale of two sisters squabbling through the weekend of one of their weddings. Or maybe you'll leave thinking that in director Jonathan Demme you just found your wedding planner. Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet have given us an epic rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception that's half-cabaret, half group-therapy session, and completely multiracial, multicultural, and multisensory.
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