Mass (2021)

Mass (2021)

A microscopic and unrelenting look at grief and healing

The Very Best

8.5

Movie

United States of America
English
Drama
2021
FRAN KRANZ
Ann Dowd, Breeda Wool, Jason Isaacs
111 min

What it's about

Two couples meet for a painful and raw conversation in the aftermath of a violent tragedy.

The take

In the first few minutes of Mass, hushed tones, solemn movements, and awkwardly averted eyes hint at an unspoken tragedy that haunts everyone in the film. The four main characters discuss it during a sit-down, but even then it remains unspeakable; such is the dedication of first-time full-length director Fran Kranz in depicting the reality of tragic events. Not much is done in the way of plot twists and shocks, but in place of those, Mass makes clever use of close-up shots and unmoving settings to portray the privacy and paralysis of grief. For this reason, Mass often feels like a masterful play brought to life, but also more than that, a brilliant portrait of healing—or at the very least, coping with the everlasting aftermath of loss. 

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