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160 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.

Our take

From writer-director Patrick Wang (A Bread Factory) comes this adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen’s novel of the same name. Reminiscent of Wang’s thoughtful debut, In The Family, it looks empathetically at the domino effects of loss, grief, and trauma in careful detail.

The Grief of Others Directed by Patrick Wang
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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As in “In the Family,” Wang’s approach to filmmaking feels intuitive, even self-invented, down to a strange sound mix. His approach deserves a higher-profile showcase than ACID, the Cannes parallel festival that nobody talks about.
May 19, 2015
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A delicate, elliptically structured portrait of six wounded souls coping with the aftermath of tragedy.
March 20, 2015
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