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After The Wedding

Somewhere in the middle of After The Wedding, an adaptation of the Oscar-nominated Danish film of the same name, it becomes clear as day: Michelle Williams is one of a kind. Not that we didn’t know this already.

Poster for the drama After The WeddingWilliams plays Isabel, a young woman working at an orphanage in India who is told there’s a wealthy patron in New York prepared to donate a substantial amount of money if only she goes there to sort out the details in person. Reluctant at first, Isabel ultimately travels to seal the deal with Theresa (Julianne Moore), a confident, controlled sort with a fancy artist husband (Billy Crudup) and three children, of whom the oldest, Grace (Abby Quinn), is getting married. Once in New York, Isabel is told Theresa needs the weekend to think things through. With the postponement comes an invitation to the wedding. And from there, things get pretty complicated.

Moore has perhaps the showier role of the two leads, but Williams is the standout, utilizing every bit of her arsenal. Her Isabel is a forthright woman forever paying for the hardest decision in her life. Meanwhile, young Quinn holds her own against Williams, Moore and Crudup – quite an accomplishment. After The Wedding is an impressive look at what great performances can render.

– Dan Mecca, The Film Stage

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