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Hunger Point (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 13 January 2003
A family is pushed to its limits when one of the daughters' lives is blighted by an eating disorder.

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Jillian Medoff (novel), Deborah Amelon (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Marsha Hunter
Christina Hendricks ... Frannie Hunter
Susan May Pratt ... Shelly Hunter
John Getz ... David Hunter
Jodi Pape Jodi Pape ... Chubby
Stephanie Anne Mills ... Abby
Alec McClure Alec McClure ... Charlie
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Grandpa Max
Gordon Jocelyn Gordon Jocelyn ... Rudy
Jim Fowler Jim Fowler ... Dr. Bryan Thompson
Joanne Boland ... Cynthia
Nikki Barnett Nikki Barnett ... Bernadette (as Nikki Barnette)
Jennifer Ross Jennifer Ross ... Pia
Mary-Colin Chisholm ... Sarah (as Mary Colin Chisholm)
Laura Horner Laura Horner ... Keisha
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The Hunter family is dominated by endless, extreme dieting, due to mother's frustration over a fat-making upbringing by her parents. One daughter rebels to have a life as a nurse, but feels guilty. Then her perfect-considered sister, a workaholic law student, has to be interned for an eating disorder. After mother resists therapy, demanding her release home, a fatal incident occurs and the parents' marriage is wrecked. The surviving sister is consumed by guilty feelings, like the mother, and breaks up her relationship with a young doctor at the clinic, yet lets her grandfather set up dates with his buddy's grandson Charlie, a lawyer. Written by KGF Vissers

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It's hard to feel normal when you are trying to be perfect.

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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le choix d'une vie See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A rare TV film with subtlety
9 September 2011 | by EpiBoundSee all my reviews

Hunger Point got my attention because of Barbara Hershey's name. She would not lend her respected name to an ordinary tale of eating disorders. Before giving this Lifetime film a try, I can recall watching no other treatment since the major network TV movie of Karen Carpenter's tragic struggle (1989). Hershey plays a difficult role with empathy, allowing us to care for her even as we see the horror of her well-intentioned child-raising habits. How else can her younger daughter, who is so clearly torn by conflicting feelings, keep going back to her?

Other subtleties are implicit in this younger daughter's characterization: Frannie Hunter as played by Christina Hendricks. For most of the film Frannie sees wrong only in the way others live their lives, and resists all hints that she needs help too (like family members affected by someone's drinking, usually seeing the drinker as the only sick one, slow to realize they've become sick too). The eating disorder (ED) counselor was also played with subtlety: to the uninitiated, a less than ideal worker; to the experienced, doing her best in an greatly discouraging medical field.

After watching Hunger Point, I wanted to check the names of the writers, but first saw the name of the director: Joan Micklin Silver. As soon as I Googled her name I saw she's one of the outstanding directors of the last thirty years, first coming to my attention with Crossing Delancey. At the time (1988), I noticed only the critical praise, not the director's name. After reading about her list of contributions to film, I have no doubt she wanted to work on this film because it was worthy, one of the better treatments of eating disorders even if it comes seemingly late, when the general public is tired of the theme. In time, I have no doubt this film will stand out from the rest, and will be recommended viewing for many people caught up in the ED cycle.

Thanks to writers Jillian Medoff and Deborah Amelon for the novel and screenplay that attracted Barbara Hershey's talents, and the great directing skills of Joan Micklin Silver.


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