Helena From The Wedding
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Helena From The Wedding
In this nuanced and comedic portrait of marriage, newlyweds Alex (Lee Tergesen) and Alice (Melanie Lynskey) host a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at their remote cabin in the mountains. However, when Alice's friend brings along a surprise guest-the very young and beautiful Helena (Gillian Jacobs)-the group's facades begin to crumble. -- (C) Film Movement

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Helena From the Wedding is written, directed, and played with such verve and deep, unshowy feeling that its insights on these tried-and-true themes come through with rare and startling clarity."
‑ Jon Frosch, Hollywood Reporter
"The group is frequently drunk, but writer-director Joseph Infantolino's handling is lucid, a necessity to keep up the sense of vague dread and walking-on-eggshell egos."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The picture ultimately doesn't end up anywhere, but moments are accounted for nicely, creating a warm bath of razors for those who prefer their onscreen relationships to be as hesitant as possible."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Too unassuming for its own good."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Among its achievements is the kind of comfortable, shaded acting we expect from seasoned professionals and a script (by the director, Joseph Infantolino) that almost scarily captures the cadences of whining white privilege."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"This is the kind of single-location indie talkfest that could translate to the stage without much tweaking. But pacing is brisk, and perfs and writing sharp enough to engage throughout."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The cast handles the material adequately enough, but writer/director Joseph Infantolino doesn't provide them with anything they (and we) haven't seen played out before."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"None of its characters is especially interesting."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"...distractingly low-rent..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Marriage is hell. Matrimony is rife with mistrust, misdeeds, and misconceptions. But you know what's worse? Being single. We get it."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
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