William H. Macy directs a wonderful film about grief, discovery and acceptance called Rudderless. And he does most of it, refreshingly, by showing you.

Most film watchers may know William H. Macy as the actor, but he is actually a quite creative man, specifically in his directorial debut of Rudderless.

No one can describe the film succinctly like the production company itself:

A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.

Not only did Macy direct the film, he also stars in it in a supporting role and helped to come up with the story. Though, screenwriting rights still belong to the collaborative team Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison.There are robust relationships between the characters and a hearty context to the drama that unfolds. Rudderless doesn’t rely on dramatic toning in the cinematography to add emotion, which is also refreshing, but makes the visuality (yes, that is a word!) of the film a bit one dimensional.

As a whole, Rudderless feels very natural and effortless, from the dialogue to the story itself, and the beauty of the film lies in Billy Crudup‘s character’s journey with Anton Yelchin‘s character. The acting is flawless and the music is engaging, definitely a feel good film despite the depressing subject matter.