25 August 2014

Very Annie Mary

Very Annie Mary 2001
  • Director: Sarah Sugarman
  • Based on novel: No
  • Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys, Joanna Page, Rhys Miles Thomas,
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Rachel Griffiths  Six Feet Under, Ned Kelly, Blow, Me Myself and I, Hilary and Jackie, Amy, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Muriel’s Wedding
    • Jonathan Pryce – Cranford, The Brothers Grimm, Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita, Glengarry  Glen Ross, Brazil, Timon of Athens, Voyage of the Damned
    • Ioan Gruffudd – King Arthur, Great Expectations, Titanic, Wilde
    • Matthew Rhys   Titus, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, Elizabeth
    • Joanna Page – Love Actually, From Hell
  • Why? Rachel Griffiths
  • Seen:  Once before. Now August 17, 2014, with friends KJG and JG
Poor Annie Mary.
How do the British do this?  All these absurdly hilarious snifflers about really odd characters played by uniquely British (in this case including Australian) actors?
Annie Mary is a young woman in a small Welsh town where everyone is trying to raise money to send the ailing Bethan to Disneyland, though she doesn’t really want to go.
Poor Annie Mary.  Her Pavarotti-singing, sex-starved father is much admired in the village of Ogw but he’s cruel to her, demeaning her at every turn.  But she really is very Annie Mary, an awkward, stumbling, peculiar loser.  Everything she does turns into a disaster.
I love this film.  I’m really glad I don’t live in this village but I love the unkind Jonathan Pryce - who expresses more without saying a word than most actors do with reams of good lines - and Rachel Griffiths, and their two pathetic characters.
There’s kind of a happy ending.
It’s an obscure film. Try to find it and see it. Highly recommended.

4 ½ * of 5

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