Cake: DVD Review
Released by Roadshow Home Ent
Friends star Jennifer Aniston was unlucky to miss out on an award nomination for her turn as Claire, a woman dealing with chronic pain and who is fascinated by the suicide of a fellow member of her pain group.
Detailing relationships with others and interactions with the suicide victim's husband, it's a darkly acerbic piece that sees Aniston eschewing any kind of thrills and acting modestly and earnestly. Bleakly dark and occasionally somnambulent, this drama takes a bit of investment to get into and a time to get the rewards that it proffers.
But it's Aniston with adopts a no-thrills approach to Claire and a layered performance that gradually peels away to reveal the reasons for her condition and her outlook. IT's a bravura performance that's bolstered by a strong supporting cast, but a role that's not as showy (and perhaps indicates why she may have been overlooked).
Granted, this slice of Cake won't be to everyone's taste, but the inherent devotion to its conclusion will reward viewers in ways they perhaps could not have perceived.