Rosa’s wedding is a Spanish comedy set in Valencia, and will arrive in Italian cinemas on September 16 distributed by Officine UBU: by clicking here you can see what other films will be in theaters this week!
Rosa’s Wedding – La boda de Rosa (2020)
Direction: Icíar Bollaín; film script: Icíar Bollaín, Alicia Luna; photography: Sergi Gallardo, Beatriz Sastre; scenography: Laia Colet; costumes: Giovanna Ribes; music: Vanessa Garde; interpreters: Candela Peña (Rosa), Sergi López (Armando). Nathalie Poza (Violeta), Ramón Barea (Antonio), Paula Usero (Lidia) Xavo Giménez (Rafa); Production: Cristina Zumárraga, Pablo Bossi, Lina Badenes; Fernanda del Nido, Alexandra Lebret; Cristina Zumárraga, Lina Badenes; Fernanda del Nido Production company: Tandem Films, Turanga Films, Setembro Cine; Italian distributor: Officine UBU; Country of Production: Spain-2020
The plot of Rosa’s wedding
Rosa (Peña) is a woman on the threshold of forty-five and is a mother and film costume designer who takes care of her father, her grandchildren, her best friend’s cat and even her neighbor’s plants: in short, everyone but herself itself. His father Antonio (Barea) became a widower two years earlier and since that day he has totally entrusted himself to her, since the other two children, Rosa’s brothers, are always busy: Violet (Poza) travels extensively working as a simultaneous translator while Armando (López) has a language school that keeps him out of the house all day.
Not that Rosa has time instead: in addition to her work (for which she no longer feels satisfaction) the woman is unable to say no to those who ask her for a hand, and so she divides herself between Antonio’s medical visits, babysitting at Armando’s sons, supervising the renovation of his partner’s new restaurant Rafa (Giménez), while everyone always assumes that she will be able to deal with them often without even asking. None of the people around her really listen to her, no one takes into consideration that she too may have needs and wants.
But all this changes the day Rosa realizes that she has to take back her life and stop supporting the needs of others; the woman wants to give up everything and move to the small town where she grew up, reopening the tailor shop of her deceased mother. But this change requires an announcement in a big way: as in a couple on the wedding day the future spouses undertake to respect each other, so the woman decides to symbolically want to marry herself to communicate to everyone that from now on forward will follow their dreams.
So Rosa announces to her family that she will get married that same Saturday in the small town where she wants to move, but without giving any other details: for this reason each of her family members, thinking they know her, will feel entitled to make decisions on the ceremony and on the party without realizing that, for the umpteenth time, they are only taking care of what they want and not what Rosa really wants. Will the woman finally be able to assert herself and make her wishes come true?
Here is the trailer for the film.
The editor’s judgment on Rosa’s wedding
This film has two main themes: the importance of dialogue in a family and the importance of taking care of yourself, both of which are extremely current topics.
The whole plot is in fact based on the total absence of communication in Rosa’s family, which leads each of the members to take the others for granted and at the same time not to really share their problems. Armando’s marriage is in crisis, Violeta’s work is at risk, the mental stability of Lidia (Rosa’s daughter) is in serious danger, yet no one is ever really open about this with others; if only there had been dialogue between them, the film itself would have closed before it even started.
Rosa herself is unable to dialogue with them and make them realize that she too has needs, until she reaches the breaking point and decides to take back her life: here comes the theme of the so-called solo – wedding, marrying oneself. The director Icíar Bollaín she said she got the idea for the film when she came across an article about a Tokyo agency that organizes these kinds of ceremonies so that:
“Women can fulfill their dream of getting married and be ‘princesses for a day’ in their wedding dress, with the wedding car and photo album included, without the need for a groom. Looking a little deeper (…), we found that (…) These women pay for the best memory of their life, and also for the best photos, without the need to marry anyone. And somehow, this would help their self-esteem.
Or rather, in the words of Candela Peña, the leading actress of the film, “it is as if Rosa were trying to achieve with a ceremony what other women achieve with years of therapy ”. This is what he wants to communicate Rosa’s wedding to the viewer: to feel good it is also essential to take care of yourself and your desires, and it is important that this is also clear for those around us; you have to set up some stakes and make others understand that it is good for everyone if they are respected.
And this message the film communicates with lightness and color, as is customary in Spanish films, with a simple acting and without too many frills, choosing credible actors with whom it is easy to identify. If you understand Spanish at this link you will find an interview with the cast and the director to find out more.
Of course there are some limits: as in many comedies, conflicts are resolved very quickly compared to the premise, for example, but the fact that not everyone is immediately on board with Rosa’s decision makes the story plausible.