Michael Hunter's lovely, beloved 17 year-old son Kyle committed suicide, although he was in therapy for depression. This ruins Michael's marriage, his daughter Shelly moves in with her mother. He stops treating patients in order to write and teach Psychotherapy, until many years later when a student gets him fascinated by the case of Thomas 'Tommy' Caffey. He was about to be released at his 18th birthday from the closed 'boys school' he was placed into after his father, Joseph, was put into jail for beating his adulterous mother to death. Michael feels that Tommy carries a big chip on his shoulder, ignores that Shelly fell for him at first sight, but is mesmerized by Tommy's resemblance (purposefully enhanced) to Kyle. There is also a revealing meeting with Tommy's dad in jail. Written by
A Gripping Plot Full of Surprises: Don't Read Too Much Before You See It!
This is a surprising movie that sneaks up on the viewer in many
ways--starting off with a bang and never lapsing into self-indulgence
or violence for it's own sake; Andy Garcia, who produced the film,
obviously cares about his part and surrounded himself with actors who
felt likewise, the entire cast convincing in a combination of teen
problem film crossed with a psychological thriller. It is also a film
about family problems, and I found it never trivial and frequently a
I'd never heard of this film, and would stress, with others who have
written about it, that if you're thinking about watching it, you avoid
written material about the plot: the surprises are half the fun!
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