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The Greatest (2009)

A movie directed by Shana Feste

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Life goes on .. Saying goodbye has never been easy!

  • Dec 28, 2010

The Greatest is a drama, a family drama; about death and birth, about loss and gains. It is about a family losing a teenage son in a car accident (18 or so) and about how they cope with that loss and then to find out the girl he’s been dating is pregnant with his child on their first night together. The pregnant girl came to live with the family during her 3rd month of pregnancy.

What’s truly interesting is unlike the movie I watched last night “The American” which is about a professional killer, this one is more down to earth. Most importantly, this one is engaging… VERY!

They are a normal and typical American family with problems of their own. To add grief to the equation is to topple all things in equilibrium into something more. Yes, when things disintegrated, there is a chance to integrate them again into a new whole unified world. At least that’s what this film is demonstrating in its inherent message. There was never a boring moment in this film (for me).

Impressive performances from all rounds, namely those of Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and the lead star Carey Mulligan. Supporting cast Johnny Simmons was equally impressive as the younger brother Ryan. Especially worth mentioning is that of Carey Mulligan. She’s young, pretty and acts amazingly well here (Mulligan had acted in Pride & Prejudice, Public Enemies and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps!). Pierce Brosnan is refreshing as a father and it's probably the first time I actually see the former James Bond cried on screen!!!

Definitely a must-see if you’re into drama and human emotions and responses to tragedy.
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December 30, 2010
Prior to this review I never knew about this, great write up.
December 30, 2010
This is a very small production but it did received multiple standing ovations at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. I watched it on DVD. It's very good!
December 28, 2010
Hm. This sounds somewhat similar to a movie I also reviewed here. Except for the age of the child, it sounds like it shares similar themes. I am always down for some Susan Sarandon. Thanks, Sharrie! 
December 29, 2010
I've never heard of the other movie but I think we should watch both of them and see what each excels in! As with all aspect of life, acceptance is the only way out ...
December 31, 2010
whoa. I just realized that you posted your 400th review in Movie Hype! What an honor! Thanks a million!
December 31, 2010
;-) I am lucky to close the year with 400! Hmm, may be we should double up next year! LOL... If I were to race to 800, would you for for 1200?!
December 31, 2010
I am like 4 reviews away from 600. I think I posted almost 275 reviews in 2010. I don't think 400 reviews in a year is possible that would be like reviewing more then once a day. :)
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Quick Tip by . December 28, 2010
Excellent film about family and sudden loss of a family member. Highly engaging and worthy film. Spectacular performances by the actors & actresses. Must see!
review by . June 13, 2010
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THE GREATEST is a small film, quietly made in 28 days by first-time writer/director Shana Feste. The story/script is so unusual and touching that she was able to gather a rather extraordinary cast to bring this delicate story to life. It remains amazing to many of us that while the audiences flock to the gigantic CGI big noisy flicks, little jewels such as this film go completely unnoticed. The only hope is that enough people see this film now on DVD that that both the message of the movie and the …
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Writer-director Shana Feste took Sundance by storm with her directorial debut,The Greatest, which was nominated straight out of the gate for a Grand Jury Prize. And no wonder.The Greatestis a heartfelt drama about the most real human emotions--love, grief, and hope--and its cast brings so much heart and depth to the story that it immediately becomes relatable. The star power is considerable, especially for a first-time writer-director. While Susan Sarandon gives her usual professional, layered performance, it's really Pierce Brosnan as her husband who is the true revelation here; this may be the best dramatic performance of Brosnan's career. Sarandon and Brosnan play a happily married couple (Grace and Allen) whose lives are shattered when their beloved teenage son, Bennett (Aaron Johnson), is suddenly killed in a car accident. As the stricken parents try to grasp the tragedy, they meet the young teenager, Rose (Carey Mulligan), who is carrying Bennett's baby. As the three strangers--who share something so deep and powerful it crosses all barriers--slowly get to know each other, the new relationships, suspicions, and new kinds of grief threaten to take them all down. And yet, the message throughoutThe Greatestis of hope and how life does--must--continue after tragedy. Mulligan is a nuanced and delicate actress and plays the not-quite-trustworthy Rose like a second skin--or maybe a rose thorn that rubs away at Allen and Grace's marriage. "It's not just all about you and your ...
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Director: Shana Feste
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: National Entertainment Media
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