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Based on a true story that shocked the nation in 1965, the film recounts one of the most shocking crimes ever committed against a single victim. Sylvia and Jennie Fae Likens, the two daughters of traveling carnival workers are left for an extended stay at the Indianapolis home of single mother Gertrude Baniszewski and her six children. Times are tough, and Gertrude's financial needs cause her to make this arrangement before realizing how the burden will push her unstable nature to a breaking point. What transpires in the next three months is both riveting and horrific. Written by
Real pictures of Sylvia can be found online, mainly crime scene photos. See more »
In a scene set in 1965, a character rushes into a phone booth and dials for an operator without inserting a coin. The free operator call feature was not instituted until many years later. See more »
You know what it's like to be sick, Sylvia. I've been sick for so long, too. I can't... discipline my kids they was I should. I punish them I know, but... sometimes with my medicine I gets so I don't know what I'm doing.
[begins to cry]
And I care for them so much. Paula, the thing is... Paula's a lot like me. I had her when I was just about your age. Then Stephanie. Then all the others. Then John left... And here I am on medicine, doing whatever I can to keep my family together. I want ...
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The final credit states "Sylvia Likens, 1949-1965". See more »
This film was very sad, and the outcome; slightly unpredicted. It makes
you look at the screen, confused and slightly horrified. The direction
of the film is very good, somehow it makes you feel like you're
involved, but like you cant be of any help, which I think reflects the
feelings of the majority of the characters.
The influence of the Catherine Keener's character on her children
obviously has a different effect by the end of the film. It is a very
touching film, as it forces you to see the strength it takes to protect
your family, from evils that are affecting you, and evidently you,
Ellen Page's Acting is on top-form in this film. She's very convincing.
In fact, all the acting in this film is extremely good. And the amount
of violence, isn't heavy at all, although some people find some scenes
hard to watch. However, everything in the film, is crucial to the
story. And ultimately, this is a story of a girl, who was stricken by
misfortune. I believe her story was told well. But I'm sure there's
more to it. Although, if hit by such grief, I wouldn't mind warning the
world of such ill adventures.
Overall: this film should be given a metaphorical, standing ovation. As
there are so many things about this piece, good; however intense,
bitter and sorrowful, it is definitely one worth watching.
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