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Cheerful English repression.
on 16 January 2013
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is based on a 1932 novella by Julia Strachey, now published by Persephone books. Coming in at only 1 hour and 30 minutes it's a short film but I enjoyed every minute of it. I really loved the book when I read it and I haven't been disappointed in the film.
On the morning of her wedding bride-to-be Dolly is hiding in her bedroom taking surreptitious sips of rum from the bottle and considering that she might be making a rather terrible mistake.
Meanwhile, downstairs her many and various relatives are arriving bringing the usual chaos, humour, and misery. The reason for Dolly's despondency, as it turns out, is her former lover Joseph who arrives on the scene irritating Dolly's mother (Elizabeth McGovern) beyond endurance and really throwing a spanner in the works.
Interspersed with the day of the wedding we see rosy glimpses of the summer before when Dolly and Joseph first met and their developing love affair.
It's all terribly English full of repressed emotions and moments of very funny comedy mostly from the friends and relatives. Special mention must go to Ellie Kendrick as Dolly's sister, Kitty, who is brilliant at being both very funny and a completely irritating younger sister and to Felicity Jones who I think we will be seeing a lot more of in the future.
It's nothing like Downton Abbey and it's not supposed to be. It's far more convincing, subtle and much funnier. Think more along the lines of E.M Forster's A Room with a View or Stella Gibbon's Cold Comfort Farm. A really delightful film for a winter's day.