Archives / 1994 Sundance Film Festival

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Director: Mike Newell

Screenwriters: Richard Curtis

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival

Description

The British have always had a keen ear and perspicacious eye when it comes to portraying and commenting on the nuances of social behavior, and this tail is alternately charming and cutting as it follows Charles, wonderfully played by Hugh Grant, to the weddings of his friends while he steadfastly avoids the altar himself. Charles doesn’t shun the company of women, mind you; no, he has had legions of girlfriends, but he just can’t commit to any of them.

Then one day at a wedding reception, he is smitten by a beautiful, but somewhat elusive, American, Carrie. Elegant and captivating, in a very affecting performance by Andie MacDowell, Carrie is also quite enchanted, enough so that they end up spending the night together. But in the morning , they go their separate ways and do not encounter each other again until another wedding. And though Charles and Carrie are again struck by each other, they once again part, not to meet again until still another wedding. Unfortunately, this time it’s hers, and thus ensue the final chapters in a love story of two people who seem meant for each other, but may never get together.

— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details

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