Endless night. Howling wind. Blue eyes. An angel of death with a rifle.
The great Gothic Spaghetti Western.
It's a cosmic joke that Patrick Wang's shortest film, the writer/director behind the amazing three-hour opuses IN THE FAMILY and A BREAD FACTORY, is also his heaviest.
In THE GRIEF OF OTHERS, Wang captures a family struggling with a tragedy, that only becomes more present when the father's long lost daughter shows up pregnant, which steers things toward confrontations that had been simmering for a long time.
It's an opaque piece of work (The source novel was as well) that…
The film starts with a TRIGGER WARNINGS joke. Oof.
Politically all over the place and tonally repugnant. The film is about the horrors of mob violence and it goosed our audience to scream "KILL! KILL! KILL!" at one point.
I'm a white dude, so it's not really my place to say this, but it kinda felt uncomfortable watching another white dude make a film about the complexities of being a young woman that revels in mentally and physically abusing them until it switches into a heavy-handed "ISN'T THIS VIOLENCE KEWL!?" finale.