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Absorbing! Deftly written and acted. --Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader/Film Quarterly
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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.Read more ›
This story had no where to go. There were a few minor, minor plots in it after it was going, but never of any consequence. This was a boring narrative told by good actors acting well to display very distinctive characters. But it was just as interesting at the end as it was at the beginning - it wasn't.
I usually see a low rating, read some reviews and think the reviewers didn't give enough credit where it was due. This had good actors, good acting and good filming. And the reviewers were right in their scoring.
I don't mean this to sound all bad. As I said in the first sentence: It's not bad. It is precisely 3 out of 5 stars.
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.
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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Is a slow movie, good actors but the subject was cloudy. I will say i won't see it again. 😑Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
So stupid...waited till the end, only to find that there was no closure...not a very well thought out film.Published 13 months ago by Laura Denigris
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