An award winning drama representing Shana Feste’s debut as writer/director, “THE GREATEST” stars Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon as Allen and Grace Brewer, a grief—stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the death of their older son, Bennett, in a car crash. When a young woman, Rose, (Carey Mulligan) shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett’s child, the Brewer’s are forced to take her in. At first, Rose’s presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.
- Shana Feste
- Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan
Though it sometimes feels more like a collection of scenes than a complete story, some moments are so raw and insightful that they feel like a punch to the heart.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 07.07.2010
A meditation on loss by a writer-director whose honesty, sensitivity and intelligence more than mitigate the film's histrionic qualities.Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 07.07.2010
Not even the skillful performances of its stars, Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, playing the boy's parents, can cover up the mysterious gaps in continuity of a screenplay whose thudding dialogue spells out every emotion.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 07.07.2010
Although The Greatest is a histrionic mess, at least it looks clean.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 04.07.2010