Directed by Noah Baumbach
Part of Noah Baumbach: Visibly Human
“Margot has a kitchen-sink realism that’s genuinely unsettling, like a John Cassavetes movie populated by the hyper-articulate.” —The A.V. Club
Following The Squid and the Whale, director Noah Baumbach unleashed an even more scathing portrait of a family beset with emotional baggage. With the seemingly good intentions of mending fences, Margot (Nicole Kidman) travels home to attend the wedding of her estranged sister, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), to ne’er-do-well Malcolm (Jack Black), but the family reunion explodes into a disastrous mess of humor and wickedness. The actors give fierce performances as sisters caught in a web of egos, retribution, and the undeniable connection, both bitter and tender, inside a family. The title references one of Baumbach’s influences, Eric Rohmer, and his film Pauline at the Beach. 2007, 35mm, 93 minutes.