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Fran Kranz

Camera Justitia

Years after an unspeakable tragedy involving their children, two sets of parents meet to talk. In the face of enormous grief and anger, is it still possible to find understanding, even forgiveness? Gripping drama with incredible performances by Ann Dowd, Martha Plimpton, Jason Isaacs and Reed Birney.

In a sparsely furnished room in an Episcopalian church, Jay and Gail meet Richard and Linda. The two couples are friendly to each other, but tense. Slowly we learn what brings them together: a high-school shooting six years earlier, involving both their sons. One as a victim, the other as the shooter.

What evolves is an intense, emotional and revealing encounter, in which the parents try to come to terms with the tragedy. They ask rational questions: what caused the perpetrator to commit his act? Could it have been prevented? But the more important question is whether it’s possible to really understand each other’s experience. And ultimately: is it possible to forgive and to heal?

Nominated for the Camera Justitia award
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Credits

Director
Fran Kranz
Producer
Casey Wilder Mott, J.P. Ouellette, Dylan Matlock
Year
2021
Country of production
United States
Type
Fiction
Duration
110 minutes
Spoken language
English
Subtitles
None
Production company
7 Eccles Street, Circa 1888, 5B Productions
World Sales
Kinology