Mass

Mass ★★★★½

Mass is a very simple film, one which draws power from its excellent performances. Essentially a one act play, Mass lives and breathes on the performances of its four leads. Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton each display powerful depictions of grief, at once universal and unique. The script by Fran Kranz gives each of these characters moments to shine and show themselves, and he wisely allows his directorial hand to fade into the background.

This film isn’t setting out to break new ground in the issues it brings up. It sets out to depict four characters, struggling with related depressions, searching for acceptance in different ways. There’s a beauty in the simplicity.