Grief of Others
with guest director Patrick Wang
The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. The couple’s children, ten-year-old Biscuit and thirteen-year-old Paul, begin to act out in exquisitely idiosyncratic ways. But as the family members scatter into private, isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives, and they find themselves growing more alert to the hurt, humor, warmth, and burdens of others – to the grief that is part of every human life but that also carries within it the power to draw people together.
Wang’s background in theatre is plainly visible in shots designed to allow characters room to move and build the realism necessary to tell such an emotionally complex story. An official selection at SXSW 2015, The Grief of Others, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Leah Hager Cohen, is a follow up to Wang’s tour-de-force debut, In the Family.
Evokes a family’s fragile inner life in ineffably moving fashion, capturing how distant and isolated parents and children can feel from one another even when living under the same roof. Shows remarkable, almost subliminal powers of observation.
– Justin Chang, Variety
Directed by Patrick Wang
Written by Leah Hager Cohen (Novel), Patrick Wang (Screenplay)
Cinematography by Frank Barrera
Editing by Elwaldo Baptiste
Music by Aaron Jordan
Cast: Wendy Moniz, Trevor St. John, Rachel Dratch