The Sublime and Beautiful’s Realistic View of Grief in Film

fc052bc3dcde66441fa29fd3d489b81eIt is something we all have to deal with in life. Whether it has affected us directly, there will come a time in life when each person will have to face death or attend a funeral.

Now there are those times when death can be expected. For example if someone in your family has had a long illness or you have a grandparent who has lived a long life, but what happens when it is not expected. What happens when you have gone about your day and you receive that dreaded call that literally changes your life?

This is what happens to main character in the film entitled The Sublime and Beautiful. David Conrad is a college professor and sometimes philanderer raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly. When sudden tragedy strikes the family in the days before Christmas, David and Kelly’s marriage is brought to its breaking point and David’s desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: what or how can we forgive?

The Sublime and Beautiful is wonderfully directed by Blake Robbins. As the story unfolds the audience has the opportunity to ask themselves the hard questions of what they would do if they were faced with such a heartbreaking truth. The film is dark, haunting and a little melancholy, but very well acted and keeps you interested in finding out more about the characters.

For 2014, the Sublime and Beautiful was chosen as one of the 10 films to see at Slamdance Film Festival. In addition, the film has screened at Cleveland Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Charleston Film Festival, Kansas City Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film will also be screening at Milan International Film Festival – May 8th through 18th, Cinetopia International Film Festival – June 4th through 8th,Waterfront Festival – June 12th through 15th and Free State Film Festival – June 25th through 29th

For more information on the film visit their IMDB Page or see when the film can be seen in a city near you. You can also find out more on Twitter and Facebook. This film is sure to open to the door to massive conversations about death and coping afterwards which is a universal theme we all have to deal with no matter what our background.

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