Four powerhouse performances anchor an explosive meeting between two grieving families seeking atonement and answers in Franz Kanz’s riveting debut from Sundance.
A triumphant and cathartic achievement from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Franz Kanz’s Mass offers an unbridled, tense foray into guilt and redemption that feels shockingly urgent. After years of silence, devastated couple Jay (Jason Isaacs) and Gail (Martha Plimpton) have agreed to meet in the basement of an unassuming Episcopilian church with the parents of their child’s murderer for the very first time. After being seated at a simple foldout table adorned with a single tissue box, the seething couple come face to face with the visibly remorseful and ashamed Linda (Ann Dowd) and Richard (Reed Birney). The pleasantries last mere moments before accusations, questions, and denials are shot in each direction. Continual sparring and horrifying revelations threaten to derail the entire meeting as the two sides must find common ground if they truly ever want to live again. Reminiscent of classic one-room dramas like 12 ANGRY MEN, Kanz’s deft direction and script allow the four actors to truly entrench themselves in their pain, leading to one of the most emotional and powerful films in years.
CAST: Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton
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