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A talented professor is forced to come to terms with her clinical depression.

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Sandra Nettelbeck

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Sandra Nettelbeck (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Judd ... Helen Leonard
Goran Visnjic ... David Leonard
Lauren Lee Smith ... Mathilda
Alexia Fast ... Julie
Alberta Watson ... Dr. Sherman
Leah Cairns ... Susanna
David Hewlett ... Frank
David Nykl ... John
Chelah Horsdal ... Kara
Ali Liebert ... Donna
Conrad Coates ... Stephen
Alex Stevens Alex Stevens ... Woman
Rob Heschl ... Maire'd
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen ... Stranger
Adrian Hough ... ER Doctor
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Helen has it all: friends, an attentive second husband, a cheerful teen daughter, musical talent, and a university teaching job. Then, something's amiss: is her husband cheating, does she have a fatal disease, does her past haunt her? There's a quick hospitalization, a disclosure, a bond with one of her students, Mathilde, and a dark chasm that seems to be opening in front of her: can Helen do anything about the problem she won't discuss, or will it swallow her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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To reach the light, we have to face the darkness. [Scandinavian DVD.] See more »

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Gillian Anderson originally was set to play "Helen" but dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Barnes: Your wife is not unhappy, Mr Leonard. Your wife is ill.
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Wakening
Performed by Ketil Bjørnstad, David Darling
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Beautiful and painful at the same time
20 February 2012 | by wizard1704-297-747433See all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday evening on TV and I must say it is very beautiful and painful at the same time. You must be in the mood for this kind of film. Acting is excellent by all of the actors, but Ashley is simply brilliant – she could easily be nominated for Oscar. It is not an everyday story and topic is very hard and demanding, but directing and the tempo of the film is perfect, so you can easily follow the story and feel the pain of all the participants in the story. Goran Visnjic and Lauren Lee Smith both gave one of there best performances by my standards. I recommend this film to all the real movie fans who can appreciate the story and acting without a bunch of special effects.


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26 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,820
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