VSL// A new director’s intelligent and moving debut

Grieving is a complicated process, and even more tricky to elegantly capture onscreen. But here’s a film that gets it poignantly right: The Greatest (in select theaters 4/2), which is intelligently written, wonderfully acted and as compelling as it is moving.

Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon play a couple who are struggling to cope after their teenage son is killed in a horrific car crash. An Education’s Carey Mulligan plays Rose, the young woman who survived the accident, who shows up at their doorstep with the news that she’s three months pregnant with their grandchild. It’s a terrific feature-film debut for writer-director Shana Feste, but be warned: Tissues (and lots of them) will be necessary.

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