A 2006 drama film After the Wedding is up for a “total reinvention”
Written and directed by Bart Freundlich, After The Wedding is a 2019 drama film remake of Susanne Bier’s Oscar-nominated 2006 film of the same name. An Academy Awards nominee, Bier’s film also made it to the 4th rank of Time Magazine’s Top 10 Movies of 2007. But the question remains, why choose to remake a wonderfully-made film?
More than just a “gender-flip” movie
In his VARIETY interview, Freundlinch explains he saw the need for “a total reinvention.” “Without saying that like “Hey! This is a gender-flip movie” which I don’t want it to be just viewed as. It got to explore all of the nooks and crannies of the wholeness of our identities. That’s why I think it’s timely.” There seems to be a lot of elements that were not explored and dissected in the former narrative which Freundlich and other casts plan to revisit.
Julianne Moore takes on a new challenge upon telling the story of a leading character from another point of view. “It was really interesting and exciting for me to play because this is a character who controlled so much of her life and her narrative and had reached the place where there was some things you couldn’t control and she needed this other woman.” Moore’s character follows rather a daring and experimental process. Shedding a new light to the American remake, Moore believes that bringing in two women as main characters essentially shows what being human is all about.
Alongside Moore, the film also anticipates the presence of The Greatest Showman’s Michelle Williams, Billy Crudep of The Flash, and the rising star Abby Quinn.
A timely 2019 remake that unravels the intricacies of human relationships in this time of breaking stereotypes.
As if driven by an inescapable force, Isabel (Michelle Williams) has devoted her life to running an orphanage in a Calcutta slum. With funds running dry, a potential donor, who requires she travel from India to New York, to deliver a presentation in-person, contacts Isabel. At first balking at the demand of an uncommitted philanthropist, she relents, and travels to a city she deliberately hasn’t returned to in over two decades.
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Once in New York, Isabel lands uncomfortably in the sites of the orphanage’s possible benefactor, Theresa Young (Julianne Moore), a multi-millionaire media mogul. From the glittering sky scraper where she runs her successful business, to the glorious Oyster Bay estate, where she lives happily with her artist husband, Oscar Carlson (Billy Crudup), 21-year-old daughter, Grace (Abby Quinn), and eight-year-old twins, Theo and Otto, Theresa’s life couldn’t appear to be more perfect.
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While Isabel thinks she’ll soon be returning to her beloved orphanage, Theresa has other plans. She insists Isabel attend Grace’s wedding at the family’s estate. The joyful event becomes a catalyst for a revelation that upends the lives of both women, and the people who love them most.
Can’t wait to see this American remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 film? After Wedding shows in Philippine cinemas this August 14, 2019.
Written for the Screen and Directed by Bart Freundlich
Based on the film “EFTER BRYLLUPET”
Story by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen
Produced by Joel Michaels and Harry Finkel
Starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, and Abby Quinn
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