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79 Ratings

The Grief of Others

Directed by Patrick Wang
United States, 2015


The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just after birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents try to live as before. Their kids respond in idiosyncratic ways to the tensions around them. But as the family members scatter into isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives.

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The Grief of Others Directed by Patrick Wang
On paper, the story of an unassuming suburban upstate New York family rotting from the inside out doesn’t sound all that unique. But Wang infuses it with the malleability of a poem. Each scene features an element of spontaneity, as if any moment could lead these characters in an entirely new direction.
November 02, 2018
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As with the director’s other works, there’s a self-conscious, constructed quality to “The Grief of Others,” but it rarely veers into the precious or the phony. 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 01, 2018
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A few years ago, Patrick Wang made one of the most promising indie debuts in a while with the audacious domestic drama In the Family. His follow-up, The Grief of Others, is a stirring and formally innovative adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen’s novel… The story could come off as melodramatic, schematic, sentimental, but Wang is rather sober in his approach. It’s a testament to both his fidelity to the novel and his faith in his actors that he gives shading and definition to all the characters.
June 23, 2015
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