After the Wedding

After the Wedding

Bart Freundlich (2019)

111min
12A Certificate
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Review

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"Love lives of the rich and childless" could be the subtitle for this quiet melodrama, which is built on family secrets and a surfeit of abrupt twists. Director Bart Freundlich - aka Mr Julianne Moore - uses a steady hand to craft a gender reboot of Susanne Bier's same-titled 2006 drama, and he spends much of the running time wrestling this emotional roller-coaster into quiet reveals and emotional thuds. Isabel (Michelle Williams) heads an orphanage in Calcutta, where she hides from the world while doing something worthy. When she flies to New York to meet Theresa (Moore), who was to fund Isabel's work, there's a delay during which Theresa invites Isabel to attend her daughter's society wedding. There, the story takes hold like a bucking bronco in slow motion. The less one knows about the plot the better, as bitter truths are revealed, forcing sour choices to be made. As heavy-handed as the production and costume design are, the moments when Moore and Williams share the screen hint at a powerful tale of mothers, daughters and love that this film, sadly, can't quite reach.

Cast & Crew

Isabel Michelle Williams
Theresa Young Julianne Moore
Oscar Carlson Billy Crudup
Grace Carlson Abby Quinn
Jonathan Alex Esola
Gwen Susan Blackwell
Jai Vir Pachisia
Preena Anjula Bedi
Frank Will Chase
Tanya Eisa Davis
Otto Azhy Robertson
Johnathan's grandmother Doris McCarthy
Director Bart Freundlich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoReleased on: 1 Nov 2019