Helena from the Wedding

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  • NR
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 4.6  (414)
  • 49

Helena from the Wedding is a 2010 American independent film directed by Joseph Infantolino. The movie follows a group of friends who come together to celebrate New Year's Eve in a remote cabin in upstate New York. The film explores the relationships between this group of thirty-something year old friends who are all at different points in their lives.

The film primarily revolves around Helena and newlywed Alex who have taken a break from their busy city lives to spend a quiet New Year's Eve in a cabin with friends. Helena is also dealing with the recent disappointment of ending her long-term relationship while Alex is newly married and still basking in the glory of his honeymoon phase.

The entire film takes place over the course of two days, but each scene reveals something new about the characters or their relationships with friends. The snowy, remote cabin setting seems to amplify the sense of entrapment that each character feels which ultimately brings out the innermost conflicts they are trying to avoid.

The film has a mumblecore feel to it, with naturalistic dialogues and handheld camerawork that makes us feel like we are almost eavesdropping into their private conversations. This adds a layer of authenticity to the film that is rarely seen in mainstream movies.

The entire ensemble cast delivers outstanding performances, driving the depth of the characters and their respective conflicts. Dagmara Dominczyk shines in the lead role of Helena. She beautifully portrays the vulnerability, uncertainty, and self-doubt of a woman who is trying to find her way back after a failed relationship. Paul Fitzgerald, who plays Alex, complements Dominczyk’s performance with his portrayal of a newlywed who is struggling to maintain his individuality while trying to navigate the insecurities of a new marriage. Dominic Fumusa’s role as the alpha-male jock, Don, serves as the perfect counterpart to Alex.

In addition to the central three characters, the supporting cast also delivers strong performances. Melanie Lynskey plays the role of the chaotic force, Lynn, who brings an element of uncertainty and instability to the group. Lee Tergesen’s portrayal of Nick adds a sense of groundedness to the group while Dagmara’s real-life husband, Patrick Wilson, caps off the ensemble with the role of the philandering Jay.

Overall, Helena from the Wedding is a character-driven movie that explores the complexities of relationships, decisions that define our lives and personal insecurities that everyone can relate to. The film’s naturalistic dialogues and cinematography flawlessly capture the essence of the group dynamics and bring to life the struggles and fears of thirty-something year old friends. The film is subtle yet poignant, with an ending that leaves the audience in a melancholic mood, yet satisfied with the emotional journey. Helena from the Wedding is a must-watch for fans of character-driven dramas.

Helena from the Wedding is a 2010 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6 and a MetaScore of 49.

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    4.6  (414)
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