The Rest of Us (CIFF 2019)

From director Aisling Chin-Yee comes a drama about four women having to come to terms with the death of a man who connects them all. Cami (Heather Graham) has been divorced for a decade now, and lives with her daughter, Aster (Sophie Nélisse). When her ex-husband dies, she invites his wife (Jodi Balfour) and her daughter (Abigail Pniowsky) to move in. That’s either mature or sadistic. Aster disapproves, the personalities don’t always mesh, and since emotions are running high, drama ensues.

It’s a movie about dealing with grief and seeing this play out in these four women. Avoidance, acceptance, anger, etc. We see it for the majority of The Rest of Us‘s short running time—80 minutes, which is a bit short and truncates the experience somewhat. But the film hits its emotional beats and the performances are on-point. It leaves you wanting a bit more, but that’s not the worst thing in the world. It’s simple, lets its characters drive the drama, and builds to an explosive climax. It works.

Conclusion: The Rest of Us is a solid drama about overcoming grief.

Recommendation: The Rest of Us is worth watching.

  • 7/10
    Rating - 7/10

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