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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)

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A young woman frets upstairs in her family's country manor on her wedding day, fearful she's about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

Director:

Donald Rice

Writers:

Mary Henely-Magill (screenplay), Donald Rice | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs Thatcham
Eva Traynor Eva Traynor ... Annie
Paola Dionisotti ... Mrs Whitstable
Sophie Stanton ... Millman
Felicity Jones ... Dolly
Elizabeth Webster ... Betty
Kenneth Collard ... Whitstable (as Ken Collard)
Ellie Kendrick ... Kitty
Zoë Tapper ... Evelyn
Luke Treadaway ... Joseph
Ben Greaves-Neal Ben Greaves-Neal ... Jimmy (as Benjamin Greaves-Neal)
Luke Ward-Wilkinson Luke Ward-Wilkinson ... Robert
Olly Alexander ... Tom
Joanna Hole Joanna Hole ... Miss Spoon (as Jo Hole)
John Standing ... Horace Spigott
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Storyline

The last summer, shown in major flashbacks, dashing archaeologist Joseph (Luke Treadaway) has brilliantly flirted with upper middle-class girl Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones), delighting her cute naughty kid brother Jimmy (Ben Greaves-Neal) and even her headless younger sister Annie (Eva Traynor), yet antagonized their mother, stuck-up widow Mrs. Thatcham (Elizabeth McGovern). When bashful Dolly refused to accompany Joseph on a Greek excavation due to his commitment problems, she was afterwards sent on an Albanian holiday, met stuffy diplomat Owen (James Norton) and got engaged. At the wedding day, Dolly hesitated whether she was giving up on her best chance for happiness, and Joseph turned up, but the party guests and obligations kept getting in the way of actually talking it through. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material involving sensuality, and for smoking and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

16 August 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Dia Perfeito Para Casar See more »

Filming Locations:

Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$727, 9 December 2012

Gross USA:

$2,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,922
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Felicity Jones and Ellie Kendrick appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank (2009). See more »

Quotes

Evelyn: [talking about confetti bombs] Daddy wants me to light one near Aunt Bella to see if her breath catches fire.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play over a close up of an old fashioned printing press in action, which eventually produces the invitations to the wedding which is the subject and the setting of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Mairi's Wedding
Traditional
By John Roderick Bannerman
[played on bagpipes]
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'Circumstances, you see.'
16 December 2012 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Ah, the British! They have their eccentricities that have been providing fodder for little films for years - from the great stories of EM Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Julian Fellowes et al to the little dramadies such as this one written by director Donald Rice with Mary Henely-Magill, CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING. They come off best when the odd class-oriented families take themselves seriously, covering their narrow view of the world of civility with accents so thick and rapidly delivered that without subtitles it is difficult to follow the script! But they are enchanting, especially when delivered by a cast of superb actors who are able to enter these odd characters' psyches and make us titter while we endure their snobbishness.

This film is meticulously presented and is both a celebration of English eccentricity and an understated examination of how families often do everything they can to avoid saying how they really feel. Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones) is to be married to the wealthy Owen (James Norton) after a very brief engagement: Dolly delays her preparations for the ceremony by drinking rum upstairs as she has flashbacks to her real romance a summer ago with the young professor Joseph Patten (Luke Treadaway) whom Dolly has invited to the wedding (to her mother's (Elizabeth McGovern) chagrin and Joseph waits downstairs with the entire bizarre family and friends awaiting Dolly's descent to proceed to the church. The story is interrupted with all manner of subplots including the strange behavior of Dolly's younger sister Kitty (Ellie Kendrick) who provides the audience with a naïveté that reveals so much about what everyone else is really thinking but just can't bring themselves to say.

Among the entertaining eccentrics having luncheon before the wedding are the bickering married couple (Fenella Woolgar and Mackenzie Crook) attempting to stop their son young Jimmy (Ben Greaves-Neil) from setting off little bombs throughout the house, aging but silly Aunt Bella (Barbara Flynn) seducing her chauffeur (Emil Lager), the perennial old maid Miss Spoon (Joanna Hole), the day's drunk Tom (Olly Alexander) and of course the only people about whom we care - the servants (Eva Traynor, Paola Dionisotti, Sophie Stanton, Kenneth Collard. The use of flashbacks to give us insight into Dolly's dilemma of marrying for convenience instead of for love is beautifully handled by creating a golden glow touch to the sequences from the past by cinematographer John Lee and a lovely musical score by Michael Price. And in a final farewell speech Joseph manages to put everything in its rightful place. It all works well, but put on the subtitles or you'll be in the dark.

Grady Harp


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