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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 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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For a Lifetime Movie, you can't expect a masterpiece, but
26 September 2005 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

this movie does address some key issues. If one compares it to other movies of this type, it is certainly much better, than say, the Lifetime movie with Lynda Carter, same subject, (forgot the name of the movie, though!!) Christina Hendricks and Susan May Pratt are the daughters of a neurotic mother who has also made her rounds through therapy, Valium addiction, etc. (The movie may have explored her pathology more, to better explain the daughters problems). Both actresses are excellent, and Barbara Hershey fits the bill, as the mother who is overbearing and vain.

Susan May Pratt is the anorexic, I will not delve into the outcome, but she is quite good in the role. We see the denial and control issues of her mother, and the selfishness of her sister (Christina Hendricks); who flirts with an intern at her sister's hospital. We also see how later she has deluded herself, and how the doctor cannot even remember the patient's name; I thought this was quite realistic, and have experienced a similar situation; the anorexic patient and family puts their trust in a physician, only to be let down.

We see the general despair, denial and blame that families have in a situation like this, especially when any psychiatric problems are addressed; the family reacts differently; Barbara Hershey throws herself into work, the father goes into denial, and the sister experiences depression.

All in all, a good movie that at least explores emotional issues, instead of the tired idea that ..."girls want to be models"...it is so much deeper than that; self-esteem, career, women's roles and societal pressures are all part of this, and it doesn't seem society has gotten any smarter in the last 20 years, since anorexia was first addressed by the media, and medical organizations as an epidemic.

The book is certainly excellent, and Jillian Medoff, the author, also has a website, I hope she will continue to write about women's issues, as she is so empathic and astute.

Finally, if you cannot talk to your daughter about these issues, have her watch; she will certainly relate to the daughters in the movie, and Frannie (Christina Hendricks) is a real character who develops into a mature healthy young adult, at the end of this film.


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