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
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Jennifer Aniston : Claire Bennett
Anna Kendrick : Nina Collins
Adriana Barraza : Silvana
Director : Daniel Barnz
“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.
After a fatal accident Claire stays behind all alone, with visible and invisible scars. A mangled body patched up afterwards. But she can no longer enjoy life to its full extent. And there’s also the unbearable pain caused by the loss of her son. The result is a bitter, suffering and obnoxious woman abandoned by everyone. The support group prefers her to seek a different kind of help because of her anger issues. The physiotherapist is giving up on her because she has the impression that Claire makes no attempt to rehabilitate. Her husband left her for an unknown reason. Is it because of her moods and harsh remarks? Is there some reproach? Has Claire thrown him out because she doesn’t tolerate pity? We can only guess. Similarly, the conditions or cause of the accident are unknown. The only one who sticks to Claire, is her faithful housekeeper, the likeable Mexican Silvana.
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!
My rating 7/10
Links : IMDB