December 7, 2023
Watch: Trailer Drops for Dan Levy Movie 'Good Grief'
Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.
Openly gay "Schitt's Creek" star Dan Levy has written and directed a new film that's due to stream on Netflix starting January 5, and the streamer has unleashed the first trailer.
The movie is "emotional and personal" for Levy, People Magazine reported, with Levy having stressed in comments to Entertainment Weekly that the film is not a comedy – though he did allow that it might be seen as a "dramedy."
That seems apt for the subject matter. People Mag detailed that the movie's storyline centers around "an artist named Marc, who is mourning the unexpected death of his husband Oliver, played by Luke Evans."
Evans, a British actor, is also openly gay.
EW shared more details, writing that Levy "stars as Marc, a former painter and current children's book illustrator who's content with his life in London, even though he's often overshadowed by his exuberant and charismatic husband Oliver (Luke Evans), an author whose novels have been adapted into a wildly popular global movie franchise."
"Everything is forever changed after Oliver's abrupt death the night of the couple's annual Christmas party," EW's synopsis continues. "As Marc is forced to deal with the tragedy, hard truths come to light which compel him and his two closest friends, life-of-the-party Sophie (Ruth Negga) and the more reserved Thomas (Himesh Patel), to travel to Paris."
Just as central to the film as the theme of grief is that of friendship – specifically, the bonds between the three main characters.
Addressing the "personal" aspects of the film, Levy opened up about loss and grief in his own life, telling EW, "I lost my grandmother toward the tail end of the pandemic, and I was in a very strange headspace in terms of feeling the weight and the profound sense of tragedy of what the COVID pandemic had done for all of us, while at the same time trying to honor the passing of someone who meant so much to me."
The actor/writer/director went on to add: "It was hard for me to feel the specificity of loss when all I was feeling was grief for so long."
"It was that conversation that really expedited the concept of the movie."
And the film seems not to be all about bereavement; EW's description suggests that the film makes room for love, as well.
"Arnaud Valois plays Theo," the outlet said, "a man Marc meets one night at an art gallery soirée who reminds him that there can be life after loss."
Still, it's grief that most informs the film, Levy told EW.
"Not that we ever fully process grief, but that question of, am I grieving properly? Have I done enough?"
"Sometimes if you have the ability to write, it's the greatest outlet for pain and catharsis," Levy added.
Watch the trailer below.
Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.