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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)

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A young woman frets upstairs in her family's country manor on her wedding day, fearful she's about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, both her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

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Donald Rice

Writers:

Mary Henely-Magill (screenplay), Donald Rice | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs Thatcham
Eva Traynor Eva Traynor ... Annie
Paola Dionisotti ... Mrs Whitstable
Sophie Stanton Sophie Stanton ... Millman
Felicity Jones ... Dolly
Elizabeth Webster ... Betty
Kenneth Collard ... Whitstable (as Ken Collard)
Ellie Kendrick ... Kitty
Zoë Tapper ... Evelyn
Luke Treadaway ... Joseph
Ben Greaves-Neal Ben Greaves-Neal ... Jimmy (as Benjamin Greaves-Neal)
Luke Ward-Wilkinson Luke Ward-Wilkinson ... Robert
Olly Alexander ... Tom
Joanna Hole ... Miss Spoon (as Jo Hole)
John Standing ... Horace Spigott
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Storyline

The last summer, shown in major flashbacks, dashing archaeologist Joseph has brilliantly flirted with upper middle-class girl Dolly Thatcham, delighting her cute naughty kid brother Jimmy and even her headless younger sister Annie, yet antagonized their mother, stuck-up widow Thatcham. When bashful Dolly refused to accompany Joseph on a Greek excavation due to his commitment problems, she was afterwards sent on an Albanian holiday, met stuffy diplomat Owen and got engaged. At the wedding day, Dolly hesitated whether she was giving up on her best chance for happiness, and Joseph turned up, but the party guests and obligations kept getting in the way of actually talking it trough. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material involving sensuality, and for smoking and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

16 August 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Dia Perfeito Para Casar See more »

Filming Locations:

Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$727, 9 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,949, 16 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Felicity Jones and Ellie Kendrick both starred in the ABC mini-series "The Diary of Anne Frank". See more »

Quotes

Dolly Thatcham: Do you feel less happy if you know you are happy?
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Mairi's Wedding
Traditional
By John Roderick Bannerman
[played on bagpipes]
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For Anglophiles only?
25 July 2014 | by David BogosianSee all my reviews

I'm not sure it's essential, but a love of all things English is surely an asset when approaching this movie. Peopled by a menagerie of eccentric, frustrating, and ultimately endearing characters, the movie's appeal lies in the brilliance of its script and the interest it ultimately engenders in its many protagonists.

Set in a stately country home in perhaps the 1930s, the movie covers the events of one morning and afternoon. Dolly is about to wed Owen, yet Joseph turns up the morning of the wedding. We find that there had been a whirlwind romance between Joseph and Dolly the previous summer, that Dolly's mother was against the match, and now Joseph returns at the 11th hour to perhaps intervene?

There are far too many supporting characters to mention, and they are essential to the movie's success, but the emotional focus is entirely on Dolly and Joseph. The story of their past romance is artfully narrated in a series of flashbacks (the colour palette changes each time we flash back) which interweave nicely with the events of the wedding day. The emotion between them is portrayed with sensitivity and realism; their interactions with those around them (who are mostly oblivious to what is going on) are often funny but also laced with pathos. The various zany antics that set the backdrop for this drama are hilarious in themselves, and there is a nice blend of humour and gravity to keep one attentive. The house, the gardens, the fashions are all splendid.

What the movie lacks is some greater theme or message; it's about a particular love story between a particular man and woman, but beyond that, one doesn't leave with anything more substantial. Nonetheless, it's a pleasure to watch.

If you like English culture, if you enjoy scintillating, witty repartee, then "Cheerful Weather" is sure to please. If you find the English upper crust snobby and boring, well, you might be better off staying away.


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