With an Oscar, a Tony Award and two Emmy Awards on her mantle, Ellen Burstyn
has, over the past half century, been a true awards season favorite. This year, with her turn in HBO
’s “The Tale
,” Burstyn is poised to add even more recognition to her resume.
The autobiographical film, written and directed by Jennifer Fox
, earned rave reviews earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to premiere on HBO on May 26. “The Tale
” follows Fox (portrayed by Laura Dern
), a professor and documentary filmmaker whose life his rattled after her mother (Burstyn) discovers a story Fox wrote at age 13 about a relationship she had with her running coach (Jason Ritter
) and horseback riding instructor (Elizabeth Debicki
). The revelation forces Fox
to dig deeper into her memories to uncover the truths she has been suppressing for so many years.
In his review, Matt Goldberg of Collider observed,