First-time director Joseph Infantolino’s Helena from the Wedding
begins as a serviceable and decently acted indie ensemble drama, and then evolves into material deeper and richer than what we might have expected.
It’s the story of eight individuals in their late thirties and early fourties who gather for a long and ultimately poignant New Year’s weekend at a cabin. The hosts are the property owners, the recently wed Alex (Lee Tergesen) and Alice (Melanie Lynskey). Also on hand are divorce casualty Nick (Paul Fitzgerald); the beautiful young model Helena (Gillian Jacobs), who draws Nick’s amorous attentions; and two chronically unhappy married couples...