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Rachel Getting Married

Jonathan Demme
USA 2008 / 113’

All the minute details are settled. Rachel has the dress and the veil, her friends are decorating the rooms and wedding guests are waiting for the party. But then the bride's sister comes to the house, out on a pass from her rehab, and you suddenly remember that the family is actually a problem. Will the egotist Kym, still suffering because of her past tragedy, steal Rachel's day? No use wasting time on the obvious things (yes, of course, Anne Hathaway deserved the Oscar much more than Kate Winslet; Jenny Lumet's screenplay is undoubtedly precise and excellently written; no question that the documentary form is perfect for the polyphonic, dynamic narrative; crime and punishment; redemption and forgiveness - all go perfectly well without a single false note). One perceives this film somehow differently. For Demme, family is a dozen streams of consciousness, united in a common past, present and future. The chaos of feelings and convictions is beyond understanding, but the more we try to unravel it, the more there is a chance for us to learn empathy.

Michał Walkiewicz

Jonathan Demme

Born in 1944 in Baldwin, New York. Director, producer and screenwriter of features and documentaries, creator of music videos (for Bruce Springsteen and other artists) and TV programmes. He studied veterinary medicine, served in the American Air Force and worked as a journalist. His filmmaking career started in the 1970s when he worked at New World Pictures along with Roger Corman. His first two films for Paramount Pictures: Handle with Care (1977) and Melvin and Howard (1980), awarded by the New York Film Critics Circle, were critcally acclaimed by journalists and audiences, but didn't bring any significant profit. Demme added commercial success to his artistic position in the early 1990s, directing The Silence of the Lambs (1992, Oscar for directing) and Philadelphia (1993).

Selected filmography:

1968 Caged Heat

1980 Melvin and Howard

1984 Stop Making Sense (doc.)

1992 Silence of the Lambs

1993 Philadelphia

2006 Neil Young: Heart of Gold (doc.)

2008 Rachel Getting Married

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