Reality is tantamount to the assembly of pretty much any film. There are obvious exceptions in the realm of science fiction or fantasy, but for the most part, stories are set in our world and live by our rules. This can be frustrating on a small level, when John McClane yet again avoids dying in some absurd way, or when two people fall madly in love with each other in the span of five minutes. But working in the confines of reality can go much deeper than this. With the goal of making something real, a director can place as many restrictions on his story as he chooses. This is the triumph of Jonathan Demme with Rachel Getting Married. Reality is the impetus and the guiding hand in this story about the struggle for empathy and the obligation of relationships.