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Very Annie Mary [VHS] (2002)

Rachel Griffiths , Jonathan Pryce , Sara Sugarman  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys, Kenneth Griffith
  • Directors: Sara Sugarman
  • Writers: Sara Sugarman
  • Producers: Damian Jones, Graham Broadbent, Lesley Stewart
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Enhanced, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016105M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Song to Life September 29, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very Annie Mary took me by shock and delightful surprise.

Rachel Griffiths (Hillary to Emily Watson's Jacqueline Du Pre) gives her

finest performance to date - and though the film is 3 years old Griffiths

hasn't as yet done anything quite as satisfying as her brilliant turn here as

Annie Mary.

33 year old, Annie comes off as mildly retarded, and, in the purest sense

of the word, is, since life was pretty much over for her at 15. That's when

Annie Mary, who's dream was to be an opera singer, won a national vocal

competition judged by Pavarotti. The Great Tenor told her she would have a

marvelous career, and awarded her the grand prize, a grant to study full

time study in Milan.

Unfortunately, that same week, her mother took ill, died. Her dreams

dashed, Annie is forced to take her mother's place at home. Her father

accomplishes his means of keeping Annie underfoot (disturbingly, and at one

point, literally) by constant humiliation of his daughter, reminding her

she isn't special, she isn't, in fact, anything at all.

As Pugh, her father, Jonathan Pryce is terrific: selfish, cold hearted and

almost two decades after he's shattered her dreams, the man still berates

as " talentless, useless, stupid, slovenly . . . what man would ever have

you?" Oh yeah, Dad forces her to dress in his dead mother's shapeless,

matronly shifts as he constantly regaling Annie of how beautiful her mother

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to know South Wales to fully appreciate.... February 19, 2004
By Milo
This was a blast of nostalgia for me since I spent many childhood vacations in a Welsh coal mining valley. The Welsh are an underated nation. Their coarse and pithy humor rides on lilting voices that are interspersed with fat vowels and accentuated syllables. Their hearts are pure gold, hence one of the main plots of the story, a village pulls together to raise money to send a sick little girl on a trip to Disneyland. Unfortunately, the idea seems more a Holy Grail in their own minds, since little Bethan really has no desire to spend her last days in the arms of Mickey Mouse. The concurrent plot, is the conflict between Annie Mary and her dad. He is a dour and overbearing village baker who makes her life a misery, until he has a stroke and becomes a sad and helpless doll to be carelessly carted around by Annie. I should add at this point that I was amazed at Rachel Griffiths' command of the Welsh dialect. I didn't believe it was her until I checked the credits. Super eccentric performance with a believable accent... very impressive. The rest of the movie is one of those lovely quirky low key ramblings, full of odd characters and bizarre situations. If you know Wales, you will know the characters and will smile with affection. Not an oscar winner, but a sweet little view of a working class community in a beautiful land. Treat your jaded palate to something simple.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are Welsh people this nutty? YES! April 11, 2004
By A Customer
I saw this film in the cinema on a visit home to Wales and couldn't wait for the dvd release. After a long wait I bought it on video in the UK and brought it back to the States. All of my British friends (and even some American ones)liked it but the Welsh ones love it. As crazy as the characters are, they are all recognizable. My favourites are Hinge, Minge and Bracket the village people wannabees. Wales is so overlooked and although I realize that this isn't going to do it many favours it will hopefully entertain. I wish that Sara Sugarman's short film "Valley Girls" was included as an extra on the dvd as that is 45 minutes of pure enjoyment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VERY ANNIE MARY is a quirky little film written and directed by Sara Sugarman that manages to delve into myriad fantasies and manners and crushed dreams and come out with a thoroughly tender, warm hearted and funny result. There are more interesting characters of all types in this story, each of whom could be expanded into a film all their own.

After a rollicking opening sequence of a bakery delivery van topped with speakers blasting Puccini's 'Nessun dorma' over lovely countryside of Wales - the driver is the town baker Jack Pugh (Jonathan Pryce) who wears a rubber mask and bloated suit that mimic Pavarotti singing along with a recording - we meet the town folk. Jack's daughter Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) is in her 30s, stuck as a surrogate wife and slave to her father and his bakery business. She seems loopy and perhaps retarded (socially indeed, if not a bit mentally) and has borne the brunt of her father's scorn since her mother died when she was fifteen, just when Annie had won a singing competition judged by Pavarotti. The loss of her mother places her in the role of 'wife' to the dastardly John who daily convinces her she is a nothing while he pursues his avocation of singing for the townsfolk as the Voice of the Valley. Annie's only remnant of her past survives in her teaching voice lessons to such odd folk as Hob (Ioan Gruffudd) and Nob (Matthew Rhys), gay friends of hers with delusions of Hollywood. Her closest friend is teenage Bethan (Joanna Page) who is ill.

Annie Mary spies a house on the market, desperately wants to get out from under her father's control to make a life of her own, and shares this with Bethan. During one of his concerts John collapses with a stroke and it appears Annie's dreams of independence are crushed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good and funny movie
This is a really good and funny movie. The Irish scenery is breathtaking in this movie. If you love Ireland like I do then you will love this Movie.
Published 3 months ago by Jeanette M. Hammons
4.0 out of 5 stars Community and Friendships
This film was made in my home valley of Pontycymmer and Llangeinor so for me it was a trip back home,I enjoyed being able to recognize most of the landmarks. Read more
Published 7 months ago by nita prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Annie Mary
This is a delightful movie. We've watched it twice already and will probably watch it again. We keep seeing more things in it each time we watch it because of the details.
Published 14 months ago by Phyllis Valens
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
the story was filmed in and around the community my husband grew up in. There were people he knew in the crowd. and the home was the same house he grew up in. 1 Pant street. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lindsey Laurel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Annie Mary
Nice, funny movie. Like the perspective of a less sugar coated portrayal of a person with "Special Needs" ( Annie Mary). Recommended.
Published 20 months ago by I. McCallion
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
I adore this movie. Quirky, funny, wrenching, sad, redeeming. Annie Mary is a goofy misfit with an overbearing and cruel father. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by annakay
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Annie Mary
We saw the movie "Very Annie Mary" in Cable a couple years ago. we liked it enough to buy a copy for ourselves.we like those little indenpendant movies. Read more
Published on December 5, 2009 by L. Lundy
2.0 out of 5 stars A slender story
Rachel Griffiths, some beautiful singing, and the hills of South Wales don't save this from being rather trite.
Published on June 7, 2009 by A. McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Annie Mary
This is a laugh riot from beginning to end - anyone who loves a great British comedy will watch this one again and again.
Published on April 17, 2009 by Barbara D. Zambrana
5.0 out of 5 stars very annie mary
funny,yet a tear jerker at the end. I recommend this movie that can be enjoyed over and over again.
Published on September 7, 2008 by dante
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