at the Wedding (2007)
at the Wedding
There have been a wave of films depicting the results of free-spirited
relationships lately. That is, how the offspring of the 69-ers have
translated their alternative upbringing into their own idea of pedagogy.
Noah Baumbach portrayed this with poignancy and sleight of hand in his
The Squid and the Whale in 2005,
isn't equally successful in his follow-up Margot At the Wedding.
The material is weaker and less relevant than in both Baumbach's
previous film and other similar films.
Like Ryan Murphy's
With Scissors, Margot At the Wedding plays out
like a bleak homage to French new wave in general and Eric Rohmer in
particular. Dysfunctionality and therapeutic/analytic interaction
between the characters is the recipe, but Baumbach has nothing to say
and his characters are dull, lifeless puppets. The only exception is the
director's wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh, who brings some glow into a
handful of scenes. Unfortunately, any essence the audience can extract
from Baumbach's unnarrative writing here
requires quite a bit of