The Parting Glass is Poignant, Perceptive, and Immaculately Crafted

Below is another positive review of CASM Productions film, The Parting Glass. As we all know Stephen Moyer directed the film, with True Blood alums, his wife Anna Paquin and Denis O’Hare star and Denis O’Hare wrote the screenplay.

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Entertainment Focus’ review says the following about Stephen Moyer’s film directorial debut:

His first film as director is a thoughtful and intimate portrayal of a grieving family and accomplishes the not inconsiderable task of being both emotionally devastating and beautifully uplifting. With a great script, full of pathos and humor by the first-time screenwriter Denis O’Hare, and featuring terrific performances from a great cast of character actors, The Parting Glass has been one of the undoubted highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

They go on to write about Denis O’Hare and his writing:

The early scenes are written and performed with razor-sharp clarity. Through conversations in cars, and difficult attempts to order food in diners, O’Hare’s screenplay vividly captures each character individually, and how they operate as a unit. The relationships feel real and lived in. I believed they were a family. The overlapping dialogue, the sense of shared history, secrets and inside jokes and dark humor they use to mask the tragedy that has reunited them. Karl pointedly notes; “it’s hard to be an outsider in this family.”

The film delicately probes at the edges of things that might have happened or might have been said in the past. As they reminisce about Colleen, we flashback to recent moments where they last interacted with her. These fragments piece together her final days, and Moyer carefully builds a picture of an increasingly troubled person struggling with her mental health, whilst also revealing more about Karl, Ally, Mare, and Dan in the process than they may care to admit. Denial is a constant theme throughout the film.

It bears repeating that The Parting Glass is incredibly well written. O’Hare’s script understands the impossibly infuriating dynamics of the family better than most films do. It perfectly depicts how we slip into those familiar roles from childhood no matter what age we are now, and recognizes that no one can push your buttons with such piercing precision as well as family. The scene towards the end where they are all together in the motel room is nothing short of stunning.

Poignant, perceptive, and immaculately crafted. Moyer, O’Hare, and their cast have created something very special in The Parting Glass. With the right distribution and marketing, it could very well feature in next year’s award season.

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  1. What a glowing review!!! I’m thrilled to read so many positive reviews for The Parting Glass. My recall is that it was 6 years in the making … but, oh my, the wait has certainly been worth it. Can’t wait to see it.

  2. Great review! I hope everyone gets to see this film in the theatre, and I’m very excited to see it myself.

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