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The Greatest - Preview

The Greatest

Preview by Jack Foley

ONE of the standout films previewed at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Greatest proved to be a huge hit with audiences there and was hailed by none other than the festival’s director, Geoff Gilmore, as “an enormously moving, intelligent exploration of pain and grieving, a film that will touch you and stay with you.”

When their eldest teenage son, Bennett (Aaron Johnson), is killed in a car accident the once idyllic lives of Allen (Pierce Brosnan) and Grace Brewer (Susan Sarandon) and their younger son Ryan (Johnny Simmons) are uniformly shattered.

The deep grief felt by each individual sees Grace becoming obsessed with the most minute details of her son’s final moments, Allen seeking comfort in the mathematical problems encountered in his profession as a college tutor and Ryan turning to drugs as his only crutch.

Quite unexpectedly, Rose (Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan, An Education), a young woman who survived the crash in which Bennett died, appears on their doorstep claiming that she is carrying his unborn child.

A mature and heartfelt tearjerker that recalls such superlative ‘weepies’ as Ordinary People, In The Bedroom and Moonlight Mile, The Greatest boasts exceptional performances from all involved, including excellent support work from Johnny Simmons (Jennifer’s Body), Zoe Kravitz (The Brave One), Jennifer Ehle (Possession) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).

It also features a beautifully subdued musical score by Emmy award winning composer Christophe Beck.

The Greatest (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£12.99) by High Fliers Films on April 12, 2010.