Sorry For Your Loss is one of those great surprises hidden in the Facebook Watch, the streaming service of Facebook.
Yes, Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, with 2.2 billion active users, has its own streaming platform.
Launched in 2018, Sorry For Your Loss, perhaps, is the most complete and bold production of the platform. Let’s say the series, is the crown jewel of Facebook Watch, Where Sorry For Your Loss expensive (and quality standard) HBO, has a script worthy of productions from FX and an amount of talents to make envy for the Netflix.
If Sorry For Your Loss would it pass through any of these channels? Perhaps. The series touches on controversial and difficult themes, where, in any of these channels, it could not have certain creative freedoms to further develop its text.
At first glance, at least in the pilot episode (1 × 01 – One Fun Thing), this 10-minute, 30-minute drama talks about the grieving process and the loss of a loved one. In the plot, we follow Leigh (Elizabeth Olsen, in a precise and impactful performance, in a chance to finally show her talent) a young woman who suffers from the sudden loss of her husband, Matt (Mamoudou Athie).
Everything is very fast in the beginning, we are thrown into Leigh’s life, like a moving car, where we sit in the passenger seat and accompany this young widow in mourning for her husband’s sudden death and how it has affected her life. The passages are completely emotional, melancholic and Olsen carries everything in a performance to impress, with the camera always focused on his incredibly sad look.
At first, we didn’t know anything about the event, only Leigh and Matt seemed to be one of those couples that we liked and cheered, and so, Sorry For Your Loss, with small flashbacks, it tells us the story of the couple. The series script then takes passages and moments that activate Leigh’s memory, whether she is standing at the door of her house, when she finds a stray dog on the street, or in the middle of a cafe while waiting for her friend for a chat. , to give us an overview of the characters and their complex dynamics.
Leigh has a support group, where Olsen delivers incredible and devastating monologues about her experiences, but the young woman also has her family group composed of her mother Amy (Janet McTeer, great) and the half sister just out of rehab, Jules (the captivating Kelly Marie Tran). Both with their own stories and important for the development of the plot. Leigh still needs to deal with the brother-in-law that she never got along with, Danny (Jovan Adepo) and as time goes on, the quartet deals with their sadness, suffering and mourning over Matt’s death.
And, as the season progresses, we see that the script unravels this premise of being a series about grieving just to talk about several other topics like, depression, the difficulty of family relationships, suicide and alcoholism in a way, sometimes subtle, others were very didactic, without ever failing to be very well written and performed.
One of the highlights of Sorry For Your Loss is that the plot follows an almost non-linear narrative, as if the series showed parts of Leigh’s life and important moments in the grieving process in a way that doesn’t really matter the timeline you watch some of the episodes, after all, that the script always connects at some point.
Thus, we see the character dealing with the change of her home in the 1 × 02 – Keep, Toss, Giveaway, or when she decides to re-write her column on a large portal in 1 × 06 – I Want a Party and even the journey to discover the password of the late husband’s cell phone, where the narrative arc culminates in the heavy, dense and completely dark episode 1 × 05 – 17 Unheard Messages, where we see the focus, stay with Matt and follow the last months of the young professor’s life with the dream of publishing a comic story.
In the end, Sorry For Your Loss, is a whirlwind of emotions that makes you want to enter your device to embrace the character of Elisabeth Olsen and say that everything will be fine. And that, kind of happens for all the characters that are captivating, human and full of real and super connectable problems.
This drama, in addition to talking about important issues, does everything in a natural and reflective way and sorry, but, you will only miss one of the best series that few people saw in 2018 if you do not watch and be moved by this story.