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Movie review / ‘Rosa’s Wedding’ (M)

Candela Peña as Rosa… she decides to marry, but her wedding plans are unorthodox.

“Rosa’s Wedding” (M) **** and a half

FROM Spain comes writer/director Iciar Bollain’s warm-hearted and perceptive movie about Rosa (Candela Peña), who works in the wardrobe department of a TV movie production house in Valencia.

Everybody loves Rosa. Why shouldn’t they? Her father, her siblings, her children and even her grandpa dump their little chores on her. 

Today, she has decided to stop being their whipping girl. She walks out of her job with plans to re-open her late mother’s small seamstress business lying idle in the coastal town of Benicassim. 

Most of all, she decides that she will get married. But her wedding plans are unorthodox.

Family and friends expect that she intends to marry Rafa. But she’s not. She plans a ceremony at which she will vow to herself that she is going to become independent of other people’s impositions. And until the day of the wedding, she’s not saying who she’s marrying.

The film is a delicious journey as it accompanies Rosa through all the cliches and expectations that family and close friends form in their minds about someone else’s marriage. It’s complicated. It involves many people who presume without a skerrick of justification or invitation that they will have a role in the arrangements. 

For us in the audience, being privy to Rosa’s plan is a privilege generating a warm glow not shared with anybody else as the tension builds and we wait to see how it will work out.

Trust me. When it comes, resolution is worth the wait. 

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