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  • Actors: Gillian Jacobs, Melanie Lynskey, Dominic Fumusa, Lee Tergesen
  • Directors: Joseph Infantolino
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YVCAS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Newlyweds Alex (Lee Tergesen) and Alice (Melanie Lynskey) are hosting a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. But when the other couples arrive in various states of discord, their hopes for a relaxing weekend are quickly thrown out the window. The tensions in the cabin are compounded when Alice's friends bring along a surprise guest - the very young and very beautiful Helena (Gillian Jacobs). As the New Year creeps closer and closer, Alex and Alice must keep the evening from spiraling out of control.and their own marriage from coming unglued.

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An intimate film filled with terrific performances! --Jared Moshe, indieWIRE

Absorbing! Deftly written and acted. --Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader/Film Quarterly

Intensely genuine and emotionally vibrant! --Kevin Powers, Popscorn

Customer Reviews

This movie stinks.
M.Merkersen
It's also explored in an even more forgettable way in Helena From the Wedding, the latest offering from Film Movement.
Chris Swanson
I'm giving it two stars only for the scenery.
Promise

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2011
Format: DVD
(special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener!)

According to many movies there's nothing worse than being upper-middle class, white and trapped in a loving marriage.That very situation was explored recently in Hall Pass, a decent, if forgettable, movie. It's also explored in an even more forgettable way in Helena From the Wedding, the latest offering from Film Movement.

The movie centers around one of those couples who live in that very special kind of hell where they're happy with their lives. Oh, how my heart bleeds for them. We follow them through a weekend at a "cabin" in the mountains (one of those sorts of "cabins" bought by the very wealthy that you know is rustic cause it's built from genuine Wood (tm)!). While there they have a few friends join them, including the titular Helena. Our main character has a crush on her, but doesn't bother to make more than a token effort at following through on it.

During the course of this weekend we learn that, shockingly, not all is happiness and roses for their friends. One of them is getting divorced. One of the other couples fights constantly. Everyone smokes weed and snorts coke and winges on about how horrible their lives are until you want to reach through the screen and smack all of them. None of this is even remotely interesting.

I'm not sure what the point of this movie is. The characters are dull, the setup is boring and the dialogue is flat. These people are whinny and insufferable and I wouldn't want to spend another minute, much less a whole weekend, with any of them. I have no idea what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish with this movie, but unless it was putting me into a sort of torpor, they failed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M.Merkersen on December 23, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie is bad: bad writing, bad acting, and especially, bad direction. It's a shame, because, with the exception of the lead actor(no charisma, no looks, no actor's instinct, no interest), I believe the other actors could have made a much better film if given a better script and/or a much better director. As I watched, I thought, these actors could have made a better movie if the director had given them broad story sketches and allowed them to improvise dialogue and action. What I saw was unnatural dialogue, action, and re-action. This movie stinks.
My experience with Film Movement is that their films are hit and miss. Many of them are wonderful, others, such as "Helena From The Wedding" are real stinkers. The idea of the movie is good, but the execution is a waste of talent and film. I would have given it 1.5 stars, so my two stars are generous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jojo on March 18, 2012
Format: DVD
This film is SLOW to say the least. The couples are disfunctional and complain to the newlyweds about the horrors of marriage. I kept watching hoping the plot would develop and it would get better but that never happened. The film makers missed every opportunity to make this a good flick...from the hunting scene, to the ride into town to get cigs (the only two scenes not shot in the cabin).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Promise on January 3, 2014
Format: DVD
Spoiler alert. ( I'll tell you the whole plot to spare you from having to sit through this).

The title is catchy but Helena is only a minor player in this film. The best part, and I'm trying to find something good to say about it to justify the two hours I spent on it, is the scenery--a very nice cabin in the snowy woods over New Years. As another reviewer commented, this is reminiscent of The Bill Chill, but it's a very sad attempt.

Here we have a group of middle class, college educated White folks, in their 30's, all well-heeled, well dressed and living totally pointless lives. One, who looks like Frazier, is a playwright on the verge of failure. His new wife is a very pale, insecure, woman with a baby voice who worries when he looks at Helena, a snazzy unattached model. There are a few others, none of whom seems to have a good handle on life. They all drink a lot, some smoke cigarettes and pot and do coke. And gossip about the romantic lives of the others. They lose the piece of a backgammon set and take the house apart to find it. I guess that's supposed to be symbolic of them losing themselves and searching to find it ??? It ends with fireworks streaming in the sky as everyone cozies up on the front porch. The playwright knows he doesn't have a chance with Helena so he goes back to his pale wife.

Don't waste your time. I'm giving it two stars only for the scenery.
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