Written and directed by Noah Baumbach
, Margot At The Wedding
is a follow-up to his Academy Award nominated “The Squid and the Whale
,” and is a daringly funny and bracingly honest exploration of the tender, absurd and sometimes excruciating relationship between siblings and the fallout for those in their wake: children, husbands, lovers.
Margot Zeller (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman
), a savagely bright, razor-tongued short-story writer who creates chaos wherever she goes, sets off on a surprise journey to the wedding of her estranged and free-spirited, unassuming sister Pauline (Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh
Margot, with her all-too-rapidly maturing son Claude (newcomer Zane Pais) in tow, arrives with the gale force of a hurricane. From the minute she meets Pauline's fiancé – the unemployed artist Malcolm (Jack Black
) – Margot starts to plant seeds of doubt about the union.
As the wedding approaches, one complication crashes into the next: vengeful neighbors, a beloved tree in the backyard and Margot's own marital turmoil. The two sisters, find themselves at the precipice of an unexpected transformation ultimately revealing that even when your family is about to implode . . . the one thing you can cling to for solace and comfort is your imploding family.
Baumbach in his wry, unique vision lays bare an aspect of human comedy in all its confounding sustaining essence.
Paramount Vantage will release the film on November 16th in NY, November 21st in LA and nationally in December.
The film is rated R, with an approximate running time of 1-hour and 33 minutes.