Director: Damon Shalit
Writer: Dan Pulick (Screenplay)
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Perrey Reeves, P.J. Byrne, James Tupper, Chris Mulkey, Lyndie Greenwood
Plot: Reunited for their beloved family member’s memorial service, old hurts and dark secrets threaten to tear the fragile threads holding the family together.
Tagline – Some losses can never be recovered.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The World Without You starts when a family looks to come together for Thanksgiving for the first time after one of them was killed in action, siblings Lily (Mitchell), Clarissa (Reeves) and Noelle (Marks) join their mother Marilyn (Johnson) and father David (Mulkey), where the family needs to look to get through their own problems, while remembering Leo (Reitsma).
As the time together brings back events from the past, the problems searching for the future, they all learn to realize that they couldn’t get through these difficulties’ moments without their loved ones around.
Thoughts on The World Without You
Characters – Lily is the single of the three sisters, she has always been seen as the free spirt of the siblings, she is the most outspoken when it comes to family arguments. Clarissa is with her husband Nathan as the pair are struggling to conceive their first child, it is rising the tension between the two on the trip. Noelle is the convicted devoted Jew, married with three children, the one that has more together, the three sisters have had different lives, Marilyn and David are the parents that are going through their own problems, with the grieving of their lost son. We do meet the widow of the deceased soldier that has her own secret about the relationship the pair had, as well the sisters husbands that aren’t living up to the expectation in certain situations.
Performances – We do have a large cast here, with the whole cast giving us strong performances throughout the film, each cast member will get a scene to shine more than the rest and everyone takes that chance.
Story – The story here follows a family coming together to celebrate the life of a lost soldier journalist, they all have their own problems, which will lead to different issues through the time together, but they will look to solve them together. This is a power family drama that will highlight just how important family will be when a member dies, you might have your own problems, but family will help bring things back together.
Settings – Most of the film is set in the family home, with the walls being the only thing keeping secrets away from others, it helps bring back the memories for the family members.
Scene of the Movie – The final meeting.
Final Thoughts – The World Without You is a powerful drama about family and just how important it is to have them around you when you suffer a loss in the family.