February 3, 2021 -
Life-affirming and profound, “Beautiful Something Left Behind” captures the heartbreaking, mundane and even the funny moments in the lives of several young children who have recently lost one or both parents.
The Good Grief community in New Jersey focuses on a holistic approach to mourning, where children can give in to rage in ‘the volcano room’ or say goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in ‘the hospital room.’ Over the course of a year, we get close to Kimmy, Nicky, Peter, Nora, Nolan and Mikayla along with their constant companion: grief, as they attend their weekly group meetings at Good Grief, practice small rituals to remember their loved ones, and go about the daily work of living.
Filmmaker Katrine Philp keeps the camera and the point-of-view firmly on the children and while it is sometimes deeply sad, it’s also at times humorous to experience questions about life and death through their open and curious minds.
Virtual screening includes a Q&A with director Katrine Philp and producer Katrine Sahlstrøm, moderated by Vulture/New York film critic Bilge Ebiri.