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USA, 2018, 96 mins., Drama
Director: Stephen Moyer
THE PARTING GLASS is the story of a suicide and how it ripples and tears through a family – testing their bonds to each other and the their memories. The family gathers in Missouri, where Colleen (Anna Paquin), now dead, was last living. Her brother, Danny (Denis O’Hare) and his two sisters, Mare (Cynthia Nixon) and Al (Melissa Leo) meet up with their father, Tommy (Ed Asner) and their sister’s estranged husband, Karl (Rhys Ifans) and they set out on an odyssey. Together, they attempt to piece together Colleen’s last moments and to make sense of her death. Competing claims and memories war with each other and each person fights to understand and guard their own versions of Colleen. Their 3 car caravan gets lost, diverted, and detoured. The family comes together, fights, laughs and descends into the grim reality of what suicide is. Finally, after being tested, they come together in a raucous, emotional wake that leaves them whole and possibly stronger. The film ends with Danny as he discovers some lost video of his sister and we end with the haunting question: what do we have left when someone dies? How do we carry them with us?
Post-screening Q&A with director Stephen Moyer and producer Cerise Larkin
Moderator: Katie Parkes