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Jenny Lumet finally finds her place

It took Jenny Lumet almost three decades to find her true calling.

Initially, she wanted to be an actress. Her father, director Sidney Lumet, gave her a role in his 1990 cop thriller “Q&A” as a drug kingpin's lover. But no acting jobs followed.

It turns out happiness was just on the other side of the camera for Lumet, the 41-year-old daughter of journalist Gail Lumet Buckley and granddaughter of singer Lena Horne. For the past eight years, she's been writing screenplays, including the emotionally poignant dramedy “Rachel Getting Married,” which opened in some markets Friday. (No Charlotte date has been set.)

Directed by Jonathan Demme, the tale revolves around Kym (Anne Hathaway), a young woman who has battled substance abuse for years, who returns to the family home for her sister Rachel's (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding. The film paints a portrait of a complicated relationship between the sisters, including jealousy, guilt and one seemingly unforgivable act.

To create the film's characters, Lumet says she pilfered from family. “My dad is a notorious maker of sandwiches and a feeder of guests and a dishwasher lunatic,” she says, explaining traits she ascribed to the father in “Rachel.”

“I think families are weird and insane. They are the best source material on the planet.”

Lumet has never had problems with drugs or alcohol. “But everybody knows somebody who is dependent, who is addicted to something,” she says. “But I don't necessarily think this is a movie about addiction but a family that has something they are not dealing with.”