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Mass

Aftermath of a violent tragedy that affects the lives of two couples in different ways.
(PG-13, 110 min.)

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Friday, October 29, 2021

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Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents (Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd) agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward. In Fran Kranz’s writing and directing debut, he thoughtfully examines their journey of grief, anger and acceptance by coming face-to-face with the ones who have been left behind.
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Starring: Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney
Director: Fran Kranz
Genre: Drama

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"A riveting and unforgettable feature by Fran Kranz."

— Josh Flanders, Chicago Reader

"Mass is a masterful directorial debut for Fran Kranz."

— Ethan Anderton, Slashfilm

"Four of the best performances you'll see 2021."

— Awards Radar

"Knocks the wind right out of you and lingers in your mind for days."

— New York Post

"[Director Fran] Kranz succeeds in finding understanding in the unthinkable."

— Dan Mecca, The Film Stage

"Driven by four challenging, nuanced and completely distinct performances, Mass is an emotional razor-wire."

— Siddhant Adlakha, Observer

"The writing is so deft, and the actors so committed, that by the end you'll feel you've touched the burning core of something real."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"In the hands of its cast, the film gives such precise and profound expression to the totality of grief that it comes to feel downright palpable."

— Wes Greene, Slant Magazine

"With rigour and clarity of purpose, actor/director Fran Kranz holds the audience in his hands, probing at the unthinkable and daring to keep the faith."

— Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

"It’s an airless chamber piece, a self-assured gamble that pays off almost instantaneously thanks to the four impeccable performances at its centre, each parent processing, intellectualising and vocalising their anguish in different ways."

— Benjamin Lee, The Guardian

"Harrowing to watch, but impossible to shake, this emotional powerhouse catches two sets of parents, brilliantly played by Martha Plimpton, Jason Isaacs, Reed Birney and an Oscar-worthy Ann Dowd, in the traumatic aftermath of a school shooting."

— Peter Travers, ABC News

"The film avoids leaning into sensationalism, and though it's emotionally wrenching, there's something comforting to the process of mourning that both couples are going through as they wrestle with the political implications of a very personal event."

— David Sims, The Atlantic

"Fran Kranz’s debut feature-length dramatic film Mass will linger in your head as you process its ability to provide solace in the face of atrocity. Perhaps the most defining quality it exudes is Kranz’s ability to evoke impressive thought-provoking drama within a bare environment of a table, chairs, and four people in an auxiliary church space, the primary location for the entire film."

— Sabina Dana Plasse, Film Threat

"What fascinates the director, and clearly also fascinates his four outstanding lead actors, is the possibility of grace in a seemingly impossible, inconsolable situation. With considerable intelligence and disarming moral seriousness, they confront the question of whether forgiveness and understanding can be honestly extended or received, and whether healing can ever be more than an abstract concept."

— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times