johnxavier

November 12, 2007

grace is gone

Filed under: film — johnxavier @ 10:41 pm

i just got back from the dc premier of grace is gone, a film written and directed by james c strouse. the film stars john cusack, a father reeling from the news of his wife’s death in iraq who takes his two daughters on a cross country voyage to escape the grief while simultaneously keeping the news from his children. cusack’s great as always, taking on a pensive and understated role quite well. the true brilliance of the film comes in the performance of the two daughters, particularly the tremendous job shélan o’keefe did in her debut

despite the context for the film’s plot, the story avoids politics to focus on the personal struggle cusack in the wake of such a tragedy. this character-driven film is perhaps a bit light on the plot, but it serves justice to the families that have lost loved ones in our current military operations in the middle east.<!–

the film won two awards at the sundance film festival (best screenplay, audience award) and i highly recommend seeing this film. there won’t be many dry eyes leaving the theater.

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