East 54

Film – Marriage American style


Problems without solutions when marriage and bureaucracy collide.

A wedding ceremony in films, as in centuries of theatre, often offers either a happy conclusion to a dramatic love story fraught with obstacles or the starting point for drama, where the bliss of the happiest day of the newlyweds’ life is simply a high point from which the couple then drop vertiginously once the festivities are over and find themselves having to deal with the ugly realities of day-to-day life.

But what if there is no possibility of marrying the person you love? This is much less often explored on film, which is one of the reasons why Glenn Gaylord’s independent feature I Do, released in May 2013 in the United States, is so refreshing. I Do was written by British singerturned- actor David W. Ross, who also costars, and opens with British brothers Jack (Ross) and Peter Edwards (Grant Bowler) in New York.

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