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Helena from the Wedding (2010)

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Newlyweds Alex and Alice host a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the mountains. However, when an unexpected guest shows up, the group's facades begin to crumble.

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Although they have long been a couple, Alex, a lawyer turned failed/struggling playwright, and Alice, an insecure woman, have recently gotten married. They have invited several of their couple friends to Alex's parents' cabin in the woods upstate for New Year's Eve. They include: married Don and Lynn, he a poor writer but who would rather come up with crazy and thus ultimately doomed business ideas, and she a lawyer who wears the pants in the family and who seems oblivious to her drinking problem; lawyer Steven and pregnant Eve, who have previously admitted to attending marriage counseling sessions to deal with their issues; and businessman Nick, who is separated from his wife Melissa and was supposed to bring his much younger model girlfriend, Lola, for who he left Melissa and who ends up not coming since the two of them have now broken up. Alex and Alice's guests bring their open and not so open marital/relationship dysfunctions along for the gathering, those dysfunctions which are ... Written by Huggo

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Needed more editing
25 December 2013 | by (Wichita, Kansas) – See all my reviews

This could have gained at least 6 stars in my rating had the editor left more of the movie on the cutting room floor. There are many scenes that should have been deleted to make this movie move more cleanly. The lighting, or rather the lack of, in the first half of the movie nearly had me checking my television. There are too many scenes where there is a bright light in the background and the subjects are dimly lit. That's fine for Law & Order, they know how to do it, but if there was a reason to have such unbalanced lighting, it didn't come across.

No problems with the acting but the DP shot some scenes in a manner that didn't seem to fit, such as the scene were one of the women was cutting bread. It was discordant.

More lighting, more film on the floor, and some improvement in camera work and this movie might have garnered a star or two more in my book.


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