Dan Levy, globally recognized for his work on Schitt's Creek, ventures into fresh territory with his directorial debut in the upcoming film, Good Grief. The narrative revolves around Marc Dreyfus, a children's book illustrator enacted by Levy who faces a devastating loss with the sudden demise of his charismatic husband, Oliver.
Exploring Grief and Self-discovery
The storyline plunges into a profound exploration of grief and self-discovery as Marc, along with his two closest allies, Sophie and Thomas, portrayed by Ruth Negga and Himesh Patel respectively, embark on a soul-searching expedition to Paris. This journey, while offering a semblance of joy, also uncovers raw emotions and memories, painting a vivid picture of mourning and healing.
From Romantic Comedy to Dramedy
Originally conceptualized as a romantic comedy, the film evolved into a dramedy reflecting Levy's personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, marked by personal losses. The narrative thus, subtly shifts its focus from romantic affiliations to platonic love, underscoring the complexity and significance of such bonds in adult life.
Intense Rehearsals and Authentic Interactions
In an effort to infuse authenticity into the on-screen interactions, the cast, which includes Luke Evans, Celia Imrie, David Bradley, Arnaud Valois, Emma Corrin, and Kaitlyn Dever, engaged in intense rehearsals where personal experiences were shared. The film is the first result of a collaboration between Netflix and Levy's production firm, Not a Real Production Company.
Produced by Megan Zehmer, Stacey Snider, Kate Fenske, and Debra Hayward, with Caroline Levy as the executive producer, Good Grief is slated for a limited theatrical release on December 29, 2023, before joining Netflix's catalogue on January 5, 2024.
As Levy's first feature-length directorial venture, Good Grief promises to be a poignant exploration of loss, friendship, and the intricate complexities of human emotions.