Source: Catholic News Service
Artful but studied story of a dying woman (Vanessa Redgrave) recalling the Newport wedding of her best friend (Mamie Gummer) years before, where, as a maid of honor (now played by Claire Danes) she had a romance with a young doctor (Patrick Wilson), an encounter with unexpectedly tragic consequences. Director Lajos Koltai's rendering of Susan Minot's novel is handsomely filmed, with predictably fine performances by an incredible cast that also includes Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson, Toni Collette, Hugh Dancy and Eileen Atkins, but the narrative often feels contrived, despite some keen observations on mortality, mother-daughter dynamics, and how the actions of one generation can affect the next. An out-of-wedlock encounter, post-coital tableau, premarital pregnancy, innuendo, brief abortion discussion, alcohol abuse, some profanity and rough language, divorce, subliminal same-sex attraction and a car accident. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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