Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A powerful portrait of grief that hits you with so many emotional moments, Mass might be my first Sundance film but it certainly won’t be my last. There is so much rawness and relatability to be found just in these four intense characters having very meaningful conversations. In other hands or even another writer, this could’ve been a boring or dull mess, but Fran Kranz does an incredible job in the dual roles of both writer and director. The use of closeups only adds to the power of these performances, with Ann Dowd being my favorite of the bunch. Her final scene in this film left me in tears. Every character has their moment in the spotlight, with every story they tell and every detail they discuss feeling vital and important.

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