Film Analysis: Margot at the Wedding

with Michael Deal, MA, LPC


Margot at the Wedding is a dark and, at times, hilarious drama directed and written by Noah Baumbach.  The story is centered around an upcoming wedding, as Margot and her son travel to attend the wedding of younger sister Pauline and Malcolm.  The film’s primary focus examines what occurs between siblings when unresolved childhood issues follow them into adulthood.  This film takes an uncomfortably close, but realistic, look at how both hostility and love coexist towards our siblings.  Stars Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black.