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|Originaltitel:||After the Wedding|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 112 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Isabel (Michelle Williams) dedicates her entire life to the preservation of an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa (Julianne Moore), who is very rich, wants to support her with a generous donation - but under one condition: Isabel has to come to New York for a personal meeting. Although she is convinced that the children of the orphanage need her more urgently, Isabel travels to the USA, where she bursts into the wedding preparations of Theresa's 21-year-old daughter Grace (Abby Quinn). In this world of luxury and money, Isabel feels absolutely uncomfortable, which is reinforced by the fact that her old love Oscar (Bill Crudup) turns out to be Theresa's husband. It quickly becomes clear to Isabel that she and her project were not randomly selected for donation. But to get the money, she has to face a dark secret from her past…
"After the Wedding" is the US remake of Susanne Biers Oscar-nominated drama "After the Wedding" from 2006. Director Bart Freundlich, however, has reversed the gender roles for his adaptation. If both the director of the orphanage and the billionaire who could save the orphanage were men in Beer's film, both figures here are female characters. Anyone who knows the original will know that this change gives the story a slightly different weighting. Because without revealing too much, the past of the main character weighs much heavier in the case of the US remake than in the original, which gives the whole thing even more dramatic heaviness.
The comparison between the two films is particularly interesting at this point, as a conscious decision and complete ignorance are juxtaposed here. Even though the stories are almost the same, this aspect makes them very different, which justifies a remake and also makes them worth seeing for viewers who know Biers Original. However, the two strong main actresses, who also carry the movie beyond those moments in which a bit too much pathos is used, also make sure of that.
The drama raises some interesting questions, but also seems a little bit constructed here and there. As a result, even viewers unfamiliar with the Danish-Swedish original will quickly foresee the twist of history. At the end, this doesn't change the fact that the story is very stirring and emotionally told. The great actresses and the engaging camera work support the overall positive impression of this remake, which actually manages to retell the same story in a new, completely different way. And for that there is clearly one: Worth seeing!
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