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Four months ago, Leigh’s husband, Matt, went for a walk; a walk that he never came back from. And ever since then, she, her sister Jules, her mother Amy, and Matt’s brother, Danny, have struggled to cope with his death. Some, like Amy, have put on a brave face, and acted as emotional support to others. Others, like Jules, have used this event as the catalyst to do things that they’ve always been meaning to; in her case, getting sober. And others, like Leigh and Danny, have resorted to lashing out, at friends, at family, and especially each other, for not knowing how to explain, or process, Matt’s loss. No matter how they do it, though, one thing is for certain; the road to recovery will be a long and hard one.
Sorry For Your Loss is probably the first work of art I’ve ever seen, be it in film, television or literature, that shows the grieving process realistically. It shows how slow it is. It shows the anger, the confusion, and the denial that all come from losing someone, or something, important to you. It highlights how little things, like donuts at a grief support group, can make all the difference. It portrays how some people use the grieving process to get attention, and how others use it to cut themselves off from the world. And unlike a lot of other films about grief, which tend to dramatize emotions with bold, symbolic visuals and over-the-top scenarios, it never once veers into histrionics. What I mean by that is, many artists, like Lars Von Trier (Antichrist), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and Nacho Vigalondo (Colossal) have used fantastical elements, like monsters, to convey things like anger and grief, but Sorry For Your Loss never once veers into surreal or expressionistic territory. This show is set 100% in the real world, with the acting, dialogue, and cinematography all being plain and naturalistic. At no point does the series try to cram in quests, arcs, or artificial conflict. Instead, each episode focuses on a very small, but very real aspect of grieving, such as not being able to go back into your house, not knowing what to do with your loved one’s possessions, and being unable to attend parties, for fear that others will look at you as “that” person.
Now you might be thinking, “okay, the show portrays grief realistically. Fine. Is it any good?” Yes! Yes, it is. Not only does Sorry For Your Loss tackle the messy, complex topic of grief with both grace and care, but it’s really good, and very funny. That last part is key. As much as this show is about sadness, it’s also very humorous, and not in a way that feels forced, or like it’s trying to undercut the seriousness of the situation. A substantial portion of this humor comes from the character Jules, played by someone who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses, Kelly Marie Tran. She’s got great dialogue, and she brings the same energy and joy to this role as she did to Rose in The Last Jedi. But she’s not the only one in this show to get some great lines. Matt, who is seen entirely through flashback, has one exchange with Leigh that was so good I had to write it down. Matt: I just wanna bury my feelings. Like White people. Leigh: Oh? Tell me more about White people. Matt: White people spread smallpox through blankets, and take improv classes. The show is full of moments like that, moments of humor that help elevate what would ordinarily be painful to get through. And when you combine that with the realistic portrayal of grief, some absolutely stellar performances from Elizabeth Olsen, Kelly Marie Tran and Jovan Adepo, and a very quick runtime (the whole first season is 10, 30-minute episodes) you’ve got yourself a winner. I seriously think this might be my favorite new show. I urge you all to give it a look. It’s on the “watch” section of Facebook, it’s completely free, and It’s a breeze to get through. Please, please, please give it a chance.