Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Cake by Daniel Barnz, 2014 (R)
with Daniel Barnz, Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Mamie Gummer, Lucy Punch, Britt Robertson, Paula Cale, Ashley Crow, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Camille Guaty, Allen Maldonado, Camille Mana, Julio Oscar Mechoso
Saddled with chronic pain, Claire Simmons has kept a sense of humor, even if it's of the acidic, angry variety. Upset but gripped by curiosity when a member of her support group kills herself, Claire decides to excavate the truths behind the suicide.
I don't know how this director went from Beastly to Cake, but definitely he jumped to a much different level. This movie is beautiful, funny, extremely sad, and made with a finesse and sensitivity that really showcase American cinema at its best. And Jennifer Aniston is outstanding in it, as well as Adriana Barraza. As much as I love Jennifer Aniston in her more funny roles, she managed here to get us to our guts, with the nuance of a person having experienced physical and mental pain beyond possible, and going through a journey of anger, chaos, depression, and growing out of it with a complex mix of wider understanding of human miseries and beauty. The experience of watching the movie is painful, happy, sad but most of all transformative.