Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rachel Getting Married

We just finished watching "Rachel Getting Married". The prodigal daughter, Kim, (Anne Hathaway in her Oscar winning role) gets out of rehab temporarily to attend her older sister Rachel's wedding. It's messy. It's emotional. It's realistic. Kim is able to connect (through a painful process) with some of her family but sadly not with others. But you feel her longing, her pain and her lostness. Despite it all, she is honest and her very presence throws a wrench in her family's avoidence of their issues. They can't ignore Rachel.

I like the movie because it explores the relationships within the family and the family about to begin without getting preachy or obvious. Everyone has a story to tell, and they don't always tell it in their words. Some things are beyond words. We just want these people we are watching to heal, to reach out and to love each other because the movie makes us love them all.

I am in the middle of reading "The Prodigal God" by Tim Keller, and will probably re-watch "Rachel" after I am finished. Anyway, the amazing wedding itself is worth a second watch. We see glimpses of different facets of their creative nuptials developing throughout as the plot develops, and I really enjoyed seeing the final event.

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