WakeJanuary 3, 2009
When things get tough for offbeat Carys Reitman, she does what any emotionally isolated, modern girl would do – she goes to strangers' funerals…
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 5.2/10 (787 voted)
Stars: Bijou Phillips, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour
When things get tough for offbeat Carys Reitman, she does what any emotionally isolated, modern girl would do – she goes to strangers' funerals. At one fateful funeral, she unexpectedly meets Tyler, a man mourning his fiancée. Despite the warnings of her undertaker best friend Shane and her roommate Lila, she finds herself connecting to someone for the first time. Searching for answers, Carys goes to see her estranged mother to confront her past. And as she tries to open herself to the risks of love with Tyler, she realizes she may have more to fear than just a broken heart.
(as Charlie Adler)
Meet Carys. She's a mourning person…
Release Date: 3 Jan 2009
"Wake" crisscrosses genres but shines with originality
"Wake" is a weird type of movie, completely unique and original, and
because it's so off-kilter, you're left thinking about it after it
It is marketed as a quirky romantic comedy. It isn't, but that is how
it begins. Bijou Phillips stars as Carys Reitman, an
emotionally-stunted pretty girl who is searching for a life connection.
Not a guy, but emotion, to be able to feel the same way inside as
others do. Of course she meets a guy. You expect the movie to continue
as a romantic comedy, with comedic lines from her roommate and friends,
and the usual awkwardness when the girl keeps lies from the guy.
Instead, "Wake" took a fairly dark turn, and meandered through various
genres not usually associated with romantic comedy. I was pleased that
it didn't take the predictable route, but I was also put off by how
weird and jarring the film had become.
Ultimately, the film is a character drama about Carys. In this regard
the film was quite good, Carys is a unique and original character, she
has her flaws and she is captivating. Carys' journey to understand
herself and human nature is beautiful.
Becareful of labelling this as a romantic comedy, and be on the look
out for odd turns, but as a character drama this film can be enjoyed.
If you're looking for something different that you can't quite put your
finger on, then "Wake" is your choice.