henrymakow.com – July 21, 2021
After the Wedding (2019) is a Work of Art. I was actually afraid to read how badly it bombed at the box office. It grossed $3 million. It probably cost at least ten times that to make. Critics gave it 46% on Rotten Tomatoes while audiences gave it 76%. This is why movies today are shitty. The good ones bomb.
By Henry Makow PhD
“A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a millionaire benefactor.”
This is how the movie was marketed. It’s not what it’s actually about.
The “benefactor,” magnificently played by Julianne Moore, is dying of cancer. She is trying to re-unite the “orphanage manager” played by Michelle Williams with her husband (Billy Crudup) and her step-daughter (Abby Quinn) because the manager is actually her step-daughter’s birth mother.
Admittedly, the set-up, based on Susanne Bier’s 2006 Danish movie, is ridiculous. Supposedly the Williams and Crudup characters had a baby and agreed to put it up for adoption and separate. But Crudup changed his mind before the “grace” period expired and raised the child (Grace) himself without telling the mother who had left for India. He later married the Moore character who became a famously wealthy entrepreneur.