7.2/10
35
2 user

An Anorexic's Tale: The Brief Life of Catherine (1988)

Catherine (original title)
The true story of Catherine Dunbar's seven-year battle with anorexia, starting when she was fifteen.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thin (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of four women suffering from anorexia and bulimia in South Florida.

Director: Lauren Greenfield
Stars: Shelly Guillory, Brittany Robinson, Alisa Williams
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nervosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her... See full summary »

Director: Sam O'Steen
Stars: Charles Durning, Eva Marie Saint, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Sharing the Secret (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A teenage girl who feels she must always seem happy for her parents and friends secretly binges and purges.

Director: Katt Shea
Stars: Mare Winningham, Alison Lohman, Lawrence Monoson
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Dana Vávrová
Stars: Catherine H. Flemming, Kai Wiesinger, Christiane Hörbiger
For the Love of Nancy (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The parents of an anorexic woman fight to save her life.

Director: Paul Schneider
Stars: Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh, Cameron Bancroft
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two friends keep their vomiting a secret until one friend almost dies.

Director: James A. Contner
Stars: Lynda Carter, Katie Wright, Marley Shelton
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Susan Jameson ...
Maureen Dunbar
...
Catherine Dunbar
Edit

Storyline

The true story of Catherine Dunbar's seven-year battle with anorexia, starting when she was fifteen.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 July 1988 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

An Anorexic's Tale: The Brief Life of Catherine  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sad but informative
21 July 2006 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

An excellent and gripping film that somehow kept the whole family hooked throughout.

The roles were relatively well played, especially the lead role of Catherine, who is quite believable most of the time. Overall, the film in itself was frustrating, as Catherine and everyone else seems to know what the problem is but no one seems to be able to tackle it. In fact, forget humour, as you will not find any in this film.

There is also some nudity, but this is tactfully handled and is not erotic at all. Specifically it occurs when Catherine is being bathed/towelled by her relatives.

Other than that, what struck me was the diary form by means of which the story was narrated, as well as the faith shown in Jesus by Catherine.

Do prepare a hanky for the ending - that is if you still have any feeling left in your body by then.. the movie really does hit hard.

One final word of warning for all parents - it might or might not be a good thing to let children watch this, depending on whether you prefer to inform them of the dangers of Anorexia or impress their minds with gloom. Younger children (under 13) especially may find it depressing. The consistently sad music does not help either. But then again, the topic itself is hardly cheerful so I suppose it makes sense.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
iv not watched it but it sounds good were can i gt it from penguinmadash

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?