After the Wedding is an intensely personal portrait of two women finding a connection in their shared grief, anchored by powerhouse performances by Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.
Beginning in the vibrant richness of India’s color palette, After the Weddingimmediately makes you forget its small-scale production. Despite the fact this is a movie that values intrinsically-motivated camera pans and intimate close-ups, it maintains a vital presence from frame to frame to wholly engage its audience.
I admit before I began this film, I thought it might be along the lines of a mumblecore movie. Potentially dry and slow, ultimately building up to little more than a long-running conversation. I’m happy to say I was sorely mistaken. Despite running for approximately an hour and 50 minutes, After the Wedding wastes no time in ushering in its plotline nor in introducing the central characters and the core mysteries.
Isabel (Michelle Williams) runs an orphanage in India, hence the film’s opening. She is passionate about her work and has a connection with one of the boys there. You can sense she feels a maternal bond towards him that is put in jeopardy when she must fly to New York to meet with potential benefactor, Theresa (Julianne Moore).