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Based on a true story, this play-turned-film offers a gut-wrenching look into the lives of men vs. women in the WWII era. Jeannie Dougall (Carol Kane) is a shy, naive teen who gets raped by an aggressive soldier on leave, beaten up by her "best friend," called a whore by her parents & ultimately forced into an arranged marriage with...well, I don't want to spoil the plot but suffice it to say it's a shocker. Despite being the sweetest character, she's treated the worst & abandoned by everyone who's supposed to love her which is all too relate-able.
While slow in parts, Wedding in White is worth watching through to the end for its extremely realistic & emotional portrayal of gender inequality at its absolute worst. It's got layers upon layers of intergenerational trauma to unpack & will leave you with a better understanding of the biology-based oppression women & girls have faced since the beginning of time.
Likely not seen by most American filmgoers, this Canadian drama starring a 20-year-old Carol Kane is one of the saddest films I've ever seen. Wedding in White is uncompromising to the end (literally) in its depiction of the toll small-minded ignorance can take on a family. Dismissed as dimwitted by the people around her, Kane plays a 16-year-old girl so mentally and physically beaten down by her life circumstances, the viewer's heart will break for what she is made to endure. Also a jarring reminder of how easily misery and suffering can be passed from one generation to the next.
Out of this commonplace story about ordinary people, the Canadian writer and director William Fruet has fashioned "Wedding in White," a poignant, bitter, sometimes surprisingly funny slice-of-life. It really does recreate its wartime society; everything about it is right: the clothes, the dialog and particularly the prejudices and ignorance.
This movie is very realistic and sad, it's beautifully tragic, and Kane is perfect as the main character. I really liked this movie.
This Canadian film is a true gem!!
Have a box of tissues. I would never have imagined Carol Kane playing the role she played in this. Unbelievably good. Terrific cast. As I related a real tear jerker.