Stuck in a small Welsh village, and living under the domineering influence of her Pavarotti-impersonating father Jack (Jonathan Pryce), Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) dreams of breaking free and finding a life of her own. But when Jack has a stroke and Annie is forced to look after him, she finds that she has even less time for herself. Then, when she finally does gather the courage to rebel, it seems like the whole village wants to get involved.
With Sarah Sugarman's films you can expect the unexpected, her comedy and humour can be somewhat unorthodox, madcap and zany, but her latest offering, Very Annie Mary, is her best so far. Set in a South Wales valley it tells the story of a baker and his daughter, (who is still living at home and helping in the business), and the trials and tribulations she has to endure when she is left to look after her ailing father following a siezure. Not a normal topic for comedy but this film succeeds where others would not have dared to tread. Also look out for welsh celebs in the background to the main action, Ruth Maddock and Maureen Rees, (from tv's Driving School), to name just two. Buy this video now and after having watched it you'll then want to be on the look out for others from this inovative director, Sarah Sugarman is in a league of her own regarding the films that she makes.
This film was a huge and very pleasant surprise to me - purchased in a hurry with a number of other DVD's to keep the kids quiet while on holiday we sat down to watch, I was half expecting an American Teen Movie as I'd only glanced at the cover and what I got was what should be a british classic in the same league as The Commitments, 4 weddings & a funeral, etc. Brilliantly scripted and beautifully filmed it did what any great movie should do - it made me laugh, it made me cry, it left a great lasting impression when it finished, and it made me wish the film was longer! This is definately a film that I could watch again and again!
I first saw this little gem on a long haul flight and had the crew and my family looking at me in utter disbelief as I laughed out loud! It is hilarious...although you have to have a Welsh sense of humour (I do; and yes we do have one!)to see all the nuances of Welsh life.I love everything about this film...the gorgeous Rhys Ifans as a gay sweet shop owner was a treat,as was the scratch and sniff Bibles..."Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass...scratch here" Absolutely brilliant!