Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2005. Junebug Movie, Epoch Films. Screenplay by Angus MacLachlan. Cinematography by Peter Donahue. Produced by Mindy Goldberg, Mike S. Ryan. Music by Yo La Tengo. Production Design by David Doernberg. Costume Design by Danielle Kays. Film Editing by Joe Klotz. Academy Awards 2005. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005.
Embeth Davidtz and Alessandro Nivola meet in her art gallery and after two weeks are married and visiting his home state of North Carolina. She needs to see a local artist about signing on to appear in her gallery, so they seize the opportunity to meet his family whom he hasn’t visited in years. What they find is a clan of resentful suburbanites with more than the odd bone to pick with life–father (Scott Wilson) is practically catatonic, mother (Celia Weston) is bitter and unwelcoming, brother (Ben McKenzie) is a boiling pot of unexpressed rage, and his wife (Amy Adams) is an adorable chatterbox who latches onto Davidtz’s big-city glamour and never lets go. Delicious characters and an unpredictable screenplay make up an irresistible movie, blessed by Davidtz’s warmly classy performance and Adams’ zany brilliance. An outstanding example of the possibilities of American independent filmmaking.