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Original screenplay: Rachel Getting Married

Jenny Lumet

Sidney Lumet’s daughter delivers an unflinching look at a family trying to come together and not entirely succeeding. Previous “recovery” pics have mainly focused on the addict herself and her struggle for sobriety; this one looks at the people around her, too. Lumet refuses to sugarcoat her heroine or to take refuge in formula. Family fights are so well-observed you may well feel like someone listened in on your worst get-togethers.

WHY IT’LL WIN: Portrait of family dynamics and the recovering addict are dead-on.

MAYBE NOT: It’s so dead-on it can be difficult to watch at times.

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