Louisa, it turns out, was once involved with Matthew’s younger brother, Kurt (Kevin Zegers), a revelation that cues the first of a series of awkwardly placed flashbacks. Also earning flashbacks are Matthew’s two moms, Barbara (Turner) and Tammy (Fisher), who are separated, as well as his depressed sister, Carrie (Jessica Paré), who has a boyfriend (Luke Kirby) but seems to be vibing on Roy (David La Haye), an uninvited guest who may have once been Barbara’s lover.
I’ve seen the movie twice, and still don’t understand Roy. Nor did I understand why Wallace Shawn agreed to play Barbara’s crudely lecherous friend, though I did sympathize when his character expressed confusion over who was connected to whom in the wedding party. So many characters, so little narrative logic! It’s a maddening shame because Kiely has composed a love letter to the city of Montreal, and given his gifted cast of young Canadian actors some well-written individual scenes. But alas, this is a wedding where few will want to stick around for cake.