Directed by Chris Kelly | USA | 2016 | 96 min
This film has been rated 14A - Coarse Language
David (Jesse Plemons), a struggling comedy writer fresh from a breakup with his boyfriend, moves from New York City back to his childhood home in Sacramento to help his sick mother, Joanne (Molly Shannon). David attempts to breach an impasse with his emotionally distant dad (Bradley Whitford), who still can’t bring himself to accept or even talk about David’s sexuality. But things aren’t what they used to be, because David isn’t who he once was and neither is anyone else. As his mother’s health declines, David frantically tries to extract meaning from this horrible experience and convince everyone, including himself, that he’s coping.
In a rare achievement, first-time writer-director Chris Kelly (Saturday Night Live, Broad City) has crafted a deeply personal, semi- autobiographical dramatic comedy that captures the full range of emotions that overwhelm a family in a time of crisis.
Other People features richly harmonized performances by the entire cast, with special mention to Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons as a mother and son who laugh and cry in the face of death. In a film where sad moments yield laughter and funny moments render tears, Kelly contributes a beautiful story for anyone who has been touched, in some way, by cancer.
Sundance Film Festival 2016 - nominated - Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
Nantucket Film Festival 2016 - won - Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature