The acerbic, hilarious Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina’s suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina’s husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy
My opinion on “Cake”
“Thank you for ruining my life.
Thank you for ruining Casey’s life.
Thank you for leaving me in this fucking mess.
I hate you so much I can barely breath.”
“Way to go Jennifer“. For me she’s the first one who succeeds in removing the yoke of the sitcom “Friends” and play a character that doesn’t remind you of that caricature appearance she played in it. Look at David Schwimmer in “The Iceman” and you see Ross with a totally wrong,fake mustache. Even Matthew Perry can’t hide the characteristics of Chandler in “Numb“. Lisa Kudrow tries in “Scandal” to resemble an extremely cool and tough presidential candidate, and yet you expect a crazy remark followed by that wonderful bizarre giggle. And Jennifer Aniston couldn’t put the Rachel-type aside in “The Break-Up” and “We’re the Millers“. But in “Cake” she succeeded in that above all expectations. She delivers a sublime and admirable performance here as Claire Bennett. A scarred woman, physical and psychological. You can see the pain in that tired look and those languid eyes. Even the sneering and cynical humor that she uses, can’t cover up the agonies she’s suffering from.
Gradually Claire expresses interest in a participant from her support group who committed suicide and it seems to be her ultimate salvation. Is it the drugs that causes Claire to start hallucinating about Nina (Anna Kendrick) ? Or is her subconscious the reason ? Whether appropriate or not Nina appears and tries to convince her to take that final step.
You don’t believe in anything.
What about now.
Just do it.
Don’t be such a coward.”
Claire is intrigued by the character Nina and starts digging in her life. Finally she meets Roy (Sam Worthington), which is the start of a slow recovery. Maybe it’s all a bit too much peppered with poignant clichés that’ll ensure some sad moments filled with tears, but overall it was a bold and moving portrait of someone torn apart by grief and pain.
Perhaps an Oscar nomination was worthwhile. At least Jennifer Aniston got nominated for a Golden Globe. And by the way well deserved. This “Friends” star delivered a terrific performance as the distraught,addicted-to-pills woman. And speaking of the symbolic meaning of the movie title, this is subtly revealed at the end. Splendid movie. And also because of leaving out sensational footage of the accident. An admirable choice that only strengthens the whole!