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112 Weddings finds director Doug Block catching up with a handful of couples whose nuptials he’d attended.

Doug Block

2.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Doug Block
Directed by
Doug Block
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2014

Happily ever after comes under the microscope in 112 Weddings, a documentary that finds director Doug Block catching up with a handful of couples whose nuptials he'd attended and filmed during his 20 years as a commercial videographer.

The director's objective is to contrast the grainy video images of the different couples with present-tense footage to measure how far they've come together since. There's something undeniably fascinating in watching people sit down in front of a camera and discuss the success of their relationship. The shots are framed so that the interviewees' body language is in dialogue with their spoken testimony, and we watch carefully for gestures of intimacy underneath their words.

A skilled documentarian, Block moves briskly from easily relatable domestic scenarios to more tragic ones, and changes things up by focusing on two young marrieds-to-be. There are moments of pain and revelation here, but the narrowness of the lifestyles on display makes it difficult to see 112 Weddings as any kind of grand statement on marriage in America. It's more like a series of snapshots from the upper-middle-class.

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About the Author

Adam Nayman is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and writes on film for Montage, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot and Cineaste. He is a lecturer at Ryerson and the University of Toronto and his first book, a critical study of Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS, will be published in 2014 by ECW Press. More

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