The Anniversary Party
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Writer/director Joe Therrian (Cumming) and actress Sally Nash (Leigh) have prepared a party to celebrate their six years together; not that they have actually been "together" the entire time, but according to the actor/artist math, it's close enough.Read more ›
This is not to say that it is a bad film. This is in fact not so. The reason it is an uncomfortable experience is that the directors are so good in expressing the discomfort the characters feel that the viewer feels it, too.
It mainly concerns the couple played by Cumming and Leigh, who have been separated for a considerable time (following their fifth anniversary) and have not yet figured out how to live with each other again. Their scenes are filled with tension combined with genuine love and effort in wanting to stay together.
The story takes place during one day and night of the preparation and then execution of a party for their sixth wedding anniversary. Cumming plays a novelist who has just been asked to direct his screenplay of his latest novel. The lead character of Jesse is well-known to have been based upon Leigh when she was younger. The leads Leigh, an famous actress in her own right, to feel she is the perfect person for the part. However, Cumming, through some coercion from the studio, has decided to hire the Gwyneth Paltrow character to play the part instead, telling her on the phone (overheard by Leigh) that she is his only choice for the role. He then invites Paltrow to their anniversary party, balked at by Leigh, who "didn't even invite my own mother."
In addition, everyone involved with Leigh's current film seems to believe, unbeknownst to her, that due to her emotional stresses, she is just "phoning it in.Read more ›
Through this over-blown, self absorbed vehicle that is the celebration of the couple's 6th wedding anniversary, so many different Hollywood types, neighbors and friends come converging to the party. Although from the onset, their marriage is just coming back together again through many years of turbulence. The husband Joe is an author who is just readying himself to direct his latest novel, based on his wife Sally's earier years as an actress. Joe is blatant about choosing the next upcoming star in Hollywood to play this role (Gwyneth Paltrow who is 'Skye Davidson'), while Sally is ill at ease with his choice and furthermore he has invited her to the party. This first pulls the string of tension that runs throughout this film to the tautest point and doesn't let up.
This is a small budget picture and thankfully so. It affords all the necessary focus to be on the characters and on their dialogue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a bizarre movie that I thoroughly enjoyed... Crazy like Hurly BurlyPublished 2 months ago by Rose Castren
Dark despairing and hones stuff, but extraordinary acting, and Kevin Kline's Kids are wonderful, especially the daughter! Read morePublished 9 months ago by John L. Simons
The movie was a bit on the slow side. The stars are for the great acting from all the characters. I was hoping for more substance but was slightly entertained instead...Published 13 months ago by DG
I was excited to finally see this movie. It was disappointing. The plot wasn't very good.Published 14 months ago by michelle deiacova
Saw this when it came out and it was one of those movies that always stays in your mind. Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh wrote and directed this film with a cast of their... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ezgraphic