Psychologically sophisticated, oppressive chamber piece in which the parents of a high school shooter are pitted against the parents of one of his victims.

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Imagine the most dreaded, tense, and emotionally draining interaction you could find yourself in and multiply it by 10. That is exactly what two sets of parents – Richard, Linda, Jay, and Gail – are facing. Years after a tragedy caused by Richard and Linda’s son tore all their lives apart, Jay and Gail are finally ready to talk in an attempt to move forward.

In his impressive screenwriting and directorial debut, acclaimed actor Fran Kranz ponders ways in which people process grief, look for answers, and find the strength to persevere. Kranz uses the formal confines of this chamber piece to his advantage, creating tension and ambience filled with awkwardness from the outset. Much of this film’s emotional impact lies in its rigor, impeccable direction, and stunning performances from all members of the cast. MASS is a thoughtful, beautifully executed ode to humanity – in all its flawed and messy glory.

Fran Kranz, USA, 2021, 111 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney, Breeda Wool.