The Parting Glass “one of the strongest casts seen in recent film”

The Hollywood Reporter writes about The Parting Glass with a very favorable review. They discuss how three of the co-stars of HBO’s ‘True Blood’ (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Denis O’Hare) join forces with several other fine actors to create a drama about grief and loss.

The Parting Glass

Below are some excerpts from this review:

Given the British background of actor and filmmaker Stephen Moyer, it may not be surprising that he chose to present the world premiere of his feature directorial debut, The Parting Glass, at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival. This proved to be a treat for festival moviegoers, for the drama about a grieving family boasts one of the strongest casts seen in any recent film. Despite some flaws in the conception and the execution, the film seems likely to make an impression when it opens in America.

The film also has an unusual pedigree. Three of the principals — Moyer, his wife and co-producer Anna Paquin and co-star Denis O’Hare — played vampires on the HBO series True Blood for several years. That collaboration spawned this one. O’Hare, the writer of The Parting Glass, drew the screenplay out of his own grief when his sister committed suicide. He wanted to transform that personal loss, and Moyer and Paquin encouraged him to write the script and eventually found backing for the film.

Two superb, award-winning actresses (one of them now also a gubernatorial candidate), Melissa Leo and Cynthia Nixon, are surviving sisters with a steely strength that Colleen obviously never matched. In a clearly autobiographical role, O’Hare plays a gay actor who had a special bond with his sister. These performers are all vibrant, but perhaps the most haunting character is Colleen’s estranged husband, Karl (Rhys Ifans), who obviously had a tense relationship with the rest of the family.

….. O’Hare’s theater background shows in some extended dialogue scenes that could use a bit more momentum. ….. Even if the film doesn’t answer all the questions it raises, it’s hard to imagine audiences not feeling moved by this very specific and yet universal drama of family love and loss.

Go on over The Hollywood Reporter to read the entire review.

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