“…a showcase for Williams and Moore to sink into the emotional weight of the characters.”
Isabel hopes to be back to India quickly, but Theresa wants more time to think about her offer and why she should invest in the orphanage. She invites Isabel to her daughter’s wedding, and she reluctantly accepts because she would do anything for the children. When Isabel is introduced to Theresa’s husband Oscar (Billy Crudup), After the Wedding takes some narrative turns, allowing the characters to evolve and flesh out more than when we first meet them.
Freundlich’s approach to the film is respectful to the original but begs the question of why translate this particular film for a more mainstream audience. He does so deftly but After the Wedding trods in some familiar melodramatic territories, which may not have the same impact as the original.
Regardless, After the Wedding is a showcase for Williams and Moore to sink into the emotional weight of the characters. Would you ever need more than that?
After The Wedding screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
"…allowing the characters to evolve and flesh out more than when we first meet them."