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MARGOT AT THE WEDDING 2008

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(23) IMDb 6.1/10

Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Starring:
Zane Pais,Susan Blackwell
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Noah Baumbach
Starring Zane Pais, Susan Blackwell
Supporting actors Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Flora Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Seth Barrish
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach who co-wrote a few Wes Anderson films such as `The Life Aquatic' and `Fantastic Mr Fox' you would expect this film to be similar in tone to those films. However, the humour isn't as constant and it is even gentler and realer than Wes' films. Fans of Wes Anderson will enjoy this though it is more sombre but it still makes you smile where it should. You should understand it is an understated, gentle comedy becuase casting Jack Black will be misleading to people who know nothing about this film.

The writing and visuals are great but it is the performances that stick with you. Kidman is magnificient; cold and harsh but also the most fragile performance she's played. She's funny but delivers a performance that feels real and genuine and that's an achievement considering a lot of her performances are so theatrical and extravagent. Jack Black hits the right comedic balance and reminds you of a older more world weary version of his character in `High Fidelity'. All other actors are brilliant, even the kids give really strong performances. It is filmed in hand held long takes but it's clearly well crafted, framed and lit to create great images whilst feeling natural and not drawing too much attention to itself. The tone is unique and brilliant, moving from repressed feelings to releasing raw powerful feelings no matter how harsh they are. It is not afraid to go to dark places where other films fear to tread which makes the characters more real and you form a stronger connection with them.

This is an excellent film if you want something gentle, touching, raw and more than many films of recent years, a film that feels real.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 4 July 2010
Format: DVD
This is a very good follow up film from Noah Baumback, and if you enjoyed 'The Squid And The Whale' the this is very similar in tone. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicole Kidman were both excellent, though Jack Black really seemed way out of his depth and the film really highlights the fact that the only character Jack Black can play is Jack Black. Black's shakey performance aside, the film is a terrific look at the relationship between two very different sisters, one an easy going family woman and the other an arrogant, narcissistic and selfish mother who puts her own needs far above her own family. And while the film is labelled as a comedy, it is far more subtle and dark than laugh out loud comedy, so if you're expecting laughs you're going to be disappointed, but of you enjoy small character based films then this is well worth a look.
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Format: DVD
It's refreshing to see Nicole Kidman act well. I've seen her in so many films where I am not engaged in her character AT ALL, where she acts like . . . well . . . a Stepford Actor. Then there are other films where she is truly charismatic, not a caricature, those films can be gems. It really makes you wonder what is going on. Is it just that she needs good directors? Anyway, when Nicole is good - she is superb.

Nicole plays the role of a dark magnet in this film. All those around her love her, especially her son, but also her sister, Jennifer J-L, who is very forgiving. Nicole's smothering influence also has very real, destructive results. What Nicole sees as a crystalline honesty can often be self-centred emotionalism, where the emotions are playing hide and seek. The script builds up a dialogue that reveals these destructive influences cleverly and is a bit of a lesson or advice in not being beguiled by these apparently strong-willed / domineering types in real life. Rather it's essential to follow your own path and develop self-confidence.

The film is very funny in parts, critical in what could otherwise be an oppressive family drama. The film can't just be shrugged off as oppressively dark. There is a lot of love and warmth in all of the characters. Potentially complex characters come to life before your eyes as balanced, real people - all sides shown. I only mentioned Nicole specially because I was surprised she was so good (which isn't fair to the other actors). All the actors are perfect for their roles, even the dog. Nicole's son plays his role excellently.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. G. Coy on 28 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
After watching The Squid and The Whale (one of my favorite films of all time) I was so looking forwards to watching this film. I have just got back from watching it. And my thoughts... okay I guess. I did feel all the way through that this film was a throw back to The Squid and The Whale, but simply not as good, not a funny, the characters did not have the same impact. Yes, this film focuses around family relationships, dis-functional family members etc, but it did not have the quirky comedy, a strong narrative that it really needed. Kidman was great, but she could not save this film. Jack Black really played himself, very funny... but he is not the strongest actor, and it appeared (to me) that he was trying to play a 'serious role' in a indie film to add to his c.v. Black is so MTV that is difficult to see him as anything else.

In fact, I am quite indifferent with this film. There are worse ways to kill time, but don't expect too much.
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