In Celebration

In Celebration

DVD - 2003
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When three brother return home for their parent's 40th wedding aniversary, both old and new hostilities come to the surface.


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Jan 27, 2015

The resentments children and parents can hold against each other, even into adulthood, is a recurring theme in this story of three estranged brothers who come together at the family home to celebrate their mom and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary. From the outset it is obvious that tensions run deep in this family, with forced gaiety and impromptu arguments all around...apparently there is more than one elephant in the Shaw’s living room. Each son has an axe to grind and as the family’s afternoon of discomfort becomes a long night of discontent the blades turn razor sharp. There is a load of repressed anger here that seems to centre on the mother and, in an odd way, the memory of their eldest brother who died at the age of seven. Each son handles his pain differently...while one rages against society, another seeks solace in materialism while the youngest turns his anger inwards. Things finally reach the breaking point around the breakfast table when the sons realize they must either attempt an uneasy truce or watch the family disintegrate. Based on David Storey’s play, “In Celebration” is certainly theatrical with characters glaring daggers at each other and dialogue being delivered hot and heavy. This type of presentation does not do well on the small screen, in my opinion, and comes across as exaggerated melodrama. Furthermore, when the family’s “dark secrets” are finally revealed they hardly seem worth the preceding two hours of heated tirades and surly stares. Still, the acting is very good and the pace never slackens. I would love to have seen the original stage production.

Mar 02, 2013

Fantastic look into a family in early 60s in England. Wonderful acting.

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