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Confetti (2006)

R | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 5 May 2006 (UK)
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A mockumentary that follows three couples as they battle it out to win the coveted title of 'Most Original Wedding of the Year'.

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Debbie Isitt

Writer:

Debbie Isitt (concept)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Freeman ... Matt
Jessica Hynes ... Sam (as Jessica Stevenson)
Stephen Mangan ... Josef
Meredith MacNeill ... Isabelle
Robert Webb ... Michael
Olivia Colman ... Joanna
Vincent Franklin ... Archie
Jason Watkins ... Gregory
Felicity Montagu ... Vivien
Jimmy Carr ... Antoni
Alison Steadman ... Sam's Mum
Marc Wootton ... Snoopy
Sarah Hadland ... Jen
Ron Cook ... Sam's Dad
Julia Davis ... Counsellor
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Confetti - a mockumentary which follows three couples, competing for the title of Most Original Wedding of the Year: The Musical Wedding, The Tennis Wedding and the Naturist Wedding. Written by EssentiallyPointless

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May the best wedding win! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Confetti - Heirate lieber ungewöhnlich See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,560, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$228,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,808,625
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was acted out as an improvisation and was shot entirely in chronological order. The actors were not even given call-sheets in order to increase the film's sense of unknowing and the improvisational style. Director of photography, Dewald Aukema explains that "The film is very versatile, as there is no strict script, it is interesting that anything could happen in a particular take, and it could be used effectively in production, it's really up to the actors how they develop the scene and their characters." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Antoni: Hello, my name is Antoni Clarke, and I am a bride's best friend.
[pause; wearily]
Antoni: I'm not gay.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006) See more »

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Love Is In The Air
Written by Harry Vanda and George Young
Performed by John Paul Young
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If you like Christopher Guest...
8 September 2006 | by cinemartSee all my reviews

There are few things so stressful in life as planning and executing a wedding. When that morass of charged emotions runs headlong into a contest held by Confetti Magazine for the "most original wedding," things are bound to get messy.

Three couples are chosen for their unique wedding ideas: Matt (Martin Freeman) and Sam (Jessica Stevenson) want a Hollywood musical style, Josef (Stephen Mangan) and Isabelle (Meredith MacNeill) vie for a tennis theme, while Michael (Robert Webb) and Joanna (Olivia Colman) are "naturalists" and want their nuptials to be done in the nude. Trying to wrangle these three disparate couples into some kind of order are wedding planners Archie Heron (Vincent Franklin) and Gregory Hough (Jason Watkins) who seem to be channeling Corky St. Clair...

In fact, shot as a documentary, this British ensemble piece is sure to be (justly) compared to Christopher Guest's mockumentaries (WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, A MIGHTY WIND, et cetera). Director Debbie Isitt does a fair job of aping Guest though she doesn't know when to go from documentary hand-held to a smoother choreographed camera and relies too much on non-diegetic music.

Clearly, too, Isitt is aware of the weaknesses to the storyline. Two of the three couples are off screen for long stretches and our "villainous" couple (think Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock from BEST IN SHOW) is mishandled in the finale. Even when they're not working with the best material (how many jokes about a nudist wedding can there be?) the cast does a terrific job keeping the film afloat. Besotted with faces familiar to anglophile TV/film viewers, CONFETTI is an amusing farce.


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