Jesse Plemons, left, and Molly Shannon in a scene from Chris Kelly's "Other People," included in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Brian Burgoyne/Sundance Institute via AP
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There is no joy in watching Molly Shannon die for 97 minutes, especially in a movie that's not really her story.Her character's death is the opening frame of "Other People," the feature directorial debut of Chris Kelly, who has written for "Saturday Night Live" and "Broad City". The film, which follows a family across the year their mother is dying of cancer, opened the Sundance Film Festival Thursday night to a packed crowd at the Eccles Theater.That first scene sets the tone. It opens on a family of four (Jesse Plemons, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow and Madisen Beaty) sobbing over their dead mother's body. The big scene stealer was the young actor J.J. Totah ("Glee"), who in one scene gyrates and twerks along to a pop song dressed in a long blond wig and skintight sequins.
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