After the Wedding
USA | 2019 | 110mins | M Offensive language
- Director: Bart Freundlich (‘The Myth of Fingerprints’, ‘Wolves’, ‘Trust the Man’)\
- Writer: Bart Freundlich, Anders Thomas Jensen
- Cast: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, Will Chase, Abby Quinn, Eisa Davis, Doris McCarthy, Azhy Robertson
“Isabel (Williams) has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Moore) is the multimillionaire head of a media company who lives with her handsome artist husband (Billy Crudup) and their two adorable twin boys in New York.
When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor — Theresa — in person. And when Isabel is spontaneously invited to Theresa’s daughter’s wedding, Isabel discovers a connection to Theresa that takes her on an unexpected journey into her own past.” (Sundance Film Festival)
After a point, the twists come so steadily that I actually found myself holding my breath for long stretches — despite the fact that I know the original well — eager to see how key revelations would play out within this new dynamic.
[Moore] is simply superb, and while the film doesn’t reach her levels of excellence …, it gets close enough, bravely exploring the big issues of family, responsibility, class division, white privilege, and mortality.