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I was fortunate enough to view this without commercial interruptions. The plot goes from a chillingly mysterious stalker to a woman's nervous breakdown. Finally, she gets appropriate treatment in hospital and gets skillful psychotherapy. The latter 40 minutes is the depicting of effective psychotherapy, probably the best portrayal I have seen coming from Hollywood. It shows how patients resist remembering traumatic experiences. It also shows how a patient, persistent and empathic therapist can make all the difference in the world.
This is an interesting psychological thriller with fine performances. The production values and music also add to this story of a woman with a secret from a former life who is terrorized by a mysterious person from her past.
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This movie tells the tale of a repressed childhood of neglect and sexual exploitation with great humility. It does not try to do more than unfold the events that took place to a real person (as claimed): A woman leading a seemingly normal life starts losing her grip on reality and contacting a the long lost personality of herself as a little girl by writing herself poems with threats, and is later stabbed by an imagined man who is the man who sexually assaulted her as a child. Through the police investigation she is confronted with the realization that she is the one mailing the threats to herself and harming herself. Later she acknowledges her past of sexual abuse through grinding psychological treatment and comes to peace with herself.
Well, this is a politically correct movie, nothing interesting for those who watch movies to see if there's something indecent or exploitative (according to their attitudes), and who made some movies cut or even withdrawn from American cinemas and shops. And I don't see many reasons for others to watch it too. After so many films about abuse this one brings nothing new, it is veeery predictable, Mare Winningham was almost the only reason I started watching it and the only reason I didn't quit. But she couldn't help, she was as weak as the rest of the movie. The only bright moment is a last minute, a rather poetic ending for such a movie, but you won't understand it if you don't watch the whole film, and this scene is not that good you should suffer and sacrifice your time. (Well, if you prefer Oprah, go ahead...) If you want to watch sexual abuse, try to find brilliant 'Something About Amelia'. But try also 'Une femme nueve' among French, or some Italian like 'Padre padrone'. American watchers might be surprised to find that sexual abuse is not the only molestation that can be a problem in families. And I wonder when will someone make a movie about children psychological consequences from war traumas in Srebrenica, Vukovar, Rwanda, Iraq... Or about children that work since age of ten in Asian factories for western companies so that politically correct industrialists get cheaper workers and politically correct average western population can buy cheaper clothes or shoes.
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