Pedro Almodovar

Taking the dark road

When you see her in the opening shot of the splendid Rachel Getting Married, dragging casually yet also urgently on a cigarette, her flowing hair chopped, her expression cryptic and intense, it may take you a while to register her as Anne Hathaway.

That's just another way of saying you see her immediately as her character, Kym, a recovering drug addict about to return home for the wedding of her sister, Rachel. What's astonishing about Hathaway's performance in this wrenching tragicomedy is that it never loses that initial gleam of shock and surprise. Even as she zigzags across the screen in a blur of mixed emotions and confused intentions (the camera must move swiftly to catch up...