21st Century Cinema
Margot at the Wedding
Directed by Noah Baumbach • 2007 • United States
Starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black
Margot Zeller (Nicole Kidman) is a short-story writer with a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue. On the eve of the wedding between her estranged sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her unemployed musician-artist-depressive fiancé Malcolm (Jack Black) at the family seaside home, Margot shows up unexpectedly to rekindle the sisterly bond and offer her own brand of “support.” What ensues is a nakedly honest and subversively funny look at family dynamics observed with typically acerbic incisiveness by writer-director Noah Baumbach.
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