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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

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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English

Release Date:

26 November 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Ashley Judd had an attack of appendicitis while filming in a vacant wing of a hospital and was rushed to emergency surgery. See more »

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Dr. Barnes: Your wife is not unhappy, Mr Leonard. Your wife is ill.
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Performed by Ketil Bjørnstad, David Darling
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I am a retired Physician. I may have a different outlook on this film
12 June 2015 | by KamAtIMDbSee all my reviews

First of all, I love Ashley Judd and I will watch any movie she is in. She puts at least 100% into any role she plays.

My review here is not about Ashley (I apologize, as I said, I love her). My review is about Lauren Lee Smith - an actress I don't see enough. She is absolutely wonderful. I first saw her in 9songs. A movie I watched because a patient recommended it for a reason I won't discuss. That female patient told me to watch as a man looking for beautiful nudity (not porn). So I watched it and I did see the beautiful nudity but, if you can skip though the god-awful music (not my generation), Lauren is so great you can see why I try to see all of Lauren's work. She is amazing. She obviously takes parts that need this type of actress. She brings real life action to the usual US-repressed/suppressed sexuality movies. Thankfully, that seems to be changing. I think we need more reality in our movies and TV. Most other countries are far ahead of the US, but we will get there eventually.


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