'Demolition' Offers an Audacious Take on Grief

‘Demolition,’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, tries to subvert the traditional depiction of mourning in the cinema. But despite its audacity, the film lacks lucidity and moves in too many directions.

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Numerous films have tried to capture the essence of mourning in its various forms: a husband’s mourning for his wife, a wife’s for her husband, sons and daughters for their parents and parents for their...