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Secret Cutting (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 30 May 2000
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Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Young ... Joyce Cottrell
Kimberlee Peterson ... Dawn Cottrell
Robert Wisden ... Russell Cottrell
Taylor Stanley ... Lorraine Rafeedie
Rhea Perlman ... Dr. Parella
Cody Serpa Cody Serpa ... Alex Cottrell
Kett Turton ... Craig Crosetto
Crystal Bublé Crystal Bublé ... Rebecca
Jennifer Pudavick ... Kirsten
Malina Adams Malina Adams ... Jude
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Principal Luce
Caley Gibson Caley Gibson ... Corey
Seun Olagunju Seun Olagunju ... Joe
John Bluethner John Bluethner ... Dr. Chapman
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... Dr. Mann


Dawn Cottrell (Peterson) seems like a typical sixteen-year-old girl, but she has a very dangerous secret. Unable to express her true feelings, whenever Dawn is upset she grabs a knife and cuts herself.

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Release Date:

30 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delicate Cutting See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Joyce Cottrell: You don't know?
Dawn Cottrell: No.
Joyce Cottrell: You mutilate your own arm and you have no idea why you do it?
Joyce Cottrell: [turning to Dawn's father] You're her father, don't you have something to say?
Russell Cottrell: This is a terrible thing that you're doing to yourself, Dawn. Now I want you to promise us that you'll stop.
Joyce Cottrell: Oh, that ought to put a halt to it.
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18 May 2002 | by ctcer53See all my reviews

While I did not think this movie was terrible, I didn't think it was great either. But, it did have the creepy factor down. It put me in a numb, thoughtless mood for a few hours after I finished watching it. The scene that I really think got me was when she used the razor and cut her stomach, etc.

I thought that this was a pretty decent film for someone who knew nothing about cutting. However, I am really sick of these "awareness" movies, about things like cutting, eating disorders, etc., who try to show a "typical" victim. Even when they try to make the victim come from a "typical" family, such as in "Secret Cutting," there are always obvious factors (usually external) that provoke the problem. Why can't they ever show a character who doesn't know or can't explain what makes her (or him) do whatever she is doing? It upsets me that these kind of movies always make everything so clear-cut and easy to understand.

However, Dawn's situation in this movie did explain her cutting, and the movie was overall good. While some people commented that her expressions and the "orgasmic" cutting experience were unrealistic, I fully disagree. For some, at least, cutting is a way of releasing inner feelings - it calms you down. You can feel all the stress and pain from life fade away for a little while. I think that, if anything, Dawn's expressions while she is cutting makes it more realistic, and shows the depth of her cutting. Overall, it's not a great movie, but it's not terrible either.

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