Tag Archives: grief

“A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastian Lelio (Chile, 2017)


A fantastic woman

Strong message and gender/minorities representation, but static direction

Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Writer: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Cinematographer: Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Composer: Nani Garcia, Matthew Herbert

“A Perfect Ending” by Nicole Conn (USA, 2012)

Lesbian love seen by a female director

A Perfect Ending

An unnecessary soapy script saved by good acting and directing, and the surprising editing / Shunned by critics

Cast: Barbara Niven, Bryan Mordechai Jackson, Jessica Clark
Director: Nicole Conn
Writer: Nicole Conn
Music by Bob Fowler, Stephen Ridley
Cinematography by Tal Lazar
Film Editing by Nicole Conn

“The Long Excuse” by Miwa Nishikawa (Japan, 2016)

A few recent movies on fatherhood

The Long Excuse

Erasing motherhood: a rare look at fatherhood and male altruism

Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Pistol Takehara, Eri Fukatsu
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Writers: Miwa Nishikawa (screenplay), Miwa Nishikawa (novel)
Music: Michiaki Katoh, Toshihiro Nakanishi
Cinematography: Yutaka Yamazaki
Film Editing: Ryûji Miyajima

“Endless Love” by Shana Feste (USA, 2014)

Endless Love

Variation on a theme already found in Shana Feste’s The Greatest: a family mourns their deceased son / love introduced by a new personage brings the mourning process to a conclusion
Some good moments in an otherwise syrupy and predictable movie

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Rhys Wakefield, Robert Patrick, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Anna Enger
Director: Shana Feste
Writer: Shana Feste, Joshua Safran
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by Andrew Dunn
Film Editing by Maryann Brandon

“The Greatest” by Shana Feste (USA, 2009)

The Greatest

First feature /  A family mourns their son. The arrival of the girl he loved accelerates the mourning process. See also Endless Love.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons, Aaron Johnson, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Ehle, Amy Morton, Michael Shannon
Written and directed by Shana Feste
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography by John Bailey
Film Editing by Cara Silverman

“Meadowland” by Reed Morano (USA, 2015)

First feature


A sober and subtle directorial debut of a gendered approach to loss, with a somewhat out-of-the-blue ending 

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, Ty Simpkins, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, John Leguizamo, Merritt Wever
Director: Reed Morano
Screenplay: Chris Rossi
Director of Photography: Reed Morano
Editor: Madeleine Gavin
Composer: Adam Taylor Gordon