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Criticism of ‘Mass’, the great forgotten of the Oscars

Directed by Fran Kranz, it features fabulous performances by Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd and Reed Birney.

Like the recent ‘Maixabel’, ‘Mass’ proposes an unusual approach to the process of living with the pain caused by violence and with those who caused it. Although, unlike Icíar Bollaín’s film, director and screenwriter Fran Kranz’s feature debut does not focus on a real case but evokes any of the school shootings that occur in the United States, based on the therapeutic encounter between two sets of parents, indirect and diverse victims of one of these massacres.

Kranz gradually reveals the nature of this meeting, so that we connect with its protagonists through their affliction rather than through their identity. And he places the word in the center, which allows us to delight us with four high-level performances, those of four interpreters never sufficiently well weighted as Ann Dowd, Reed Birney, Jason Isaacs and the immense Martha Plimpton. The prologue, which underlines the liturgical importance of facilitating this type of meeting, anticipates the idea that we are facing a film that gives an almost sacred value to the cathartic power of dialogue.

To believe in the restorative power of dialogue against resentment.

The worst: the more the footage progresses, the more calculated the script is.


Direction: Fran Kranz Distribution: Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney Original title: Mass Country: United States Year: 2021 Release date: 01–04-2022 Gender: Drama Script: Fran Kranz Duration: 11th min.

Synopsis: Years after Richard (Reed Birney) and Linda’s (Ann Dowd) son caused a huge tragedy, Jay (Jason Isaacs) and Gail (Martha Plimpton) are finally willing to talk in an attempt to try and move on with their relationship. their lives.

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