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The Grief of Others (2018)

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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, responding to the unnamed tensions around them, 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 us together.

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

Working with deliberately limited resources, writer-director Patrick Wang revels in technical gaucherie that would hinder lesser filmmakers.

November 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's every bit as human-scaled as the filmmaker's other work-but also, in its noble restraint, a little less involving.

November 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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An unusual and involving if sometimes demanding and difficult movie.

November 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Harder to miss, however, in every grainy 16mm shot and heartfelt performance is the movie's understated soul, as Wang guides us, sometimes awkwardly, usually touchingly, from isolation and secrets into understanding and connection.

November 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an artful portrait of a world that refuses the order we try to impose on it when we close ourselves off to heartache, doubt and pain.

November 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Offers many quiet, often character-driven rewards but struggles to become larger than the sum of its parts.

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

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