Grief of Others, The: Patrick Wang’s Family Dramedy

Based on Leah Hager Cohen’s critically-acclaimed novel, The Grief of Others, written and directed by Patrick Wang (In The Family, A Bread Factory), premiered at SXSW and screened at the Cannes Film Fest.

The Ryries have suffered a loss, the death of a baby just 57 hours after his birth. The parents, John (Trevor St. John) and Ricky (Wendy Moniz), try to return to their previous lives. Then, the couple’s children, ten-year-old Biscuit (Oona Laurence) and thirteen-year-old Paul (Jeremy Shinder), responding to the unnamed tensions around them, begin to act out in strange, idiosyncratic ways.

As the family members scatter into private and isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives. As a result, they find themselves growing more alert to the hurt, humor, warmth, and burdens of others–to the grief that is part of every human life but that also carries within it the power to draw us together.

The Grief of Others will open in New York and Los Angeles on November 2; other cities will follow.
About the Director
Patrick Wang was born in Texas, the son of Taiwanese immigrants. He graduated from MIT with a degree in economics and music and theater arts. He has studied game theory, health policy, and income inequality at the Federal Reserve, the Harvard School for Public Health, and other organizations. He is author of the books The Monologue Plays and Post Script, an interactive book about the making of  The Grief of Others.  His first film, In the Family, was released to critical acclaim in the US and France. His latest movie, A Bread Factory (Part 1 & 2) will open in NYC and LA on October 26.  Patrick was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine.
Running time: 103 min.
Cast: Trevor St. John, Wendy Moniz, Rachel Dratch, Mike Faist, Sonya Harum, Oona Laurence, Jeremy Shinder.
Production Company: Vanishing Angle
Producers: Jim Cummings, Erich Lochner, Matt Miller, Patrick Wang, Benjamin Wiessner