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A family reunion goes awry when the oldest son makes the accusation that his dying father, a famed psychiatrist who also did work for the CIA, adopted his children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Hirsch ... Dr. Nathaniel Shellner
Ryan O'Nan ... Tommy Shellner
C.S. Lee ... Harry
Jaime Ray Newman ... Julie
Caroline Lagerfelt ... Lillian
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Leonard Shellner
Jake Miller Jake Miller ... Sasha
Lily Pilblad ... Sylvia
Dennis Flanagan ... Sergeant Joseph Robbins
Hayden Signoretti Hayden Signoretti ... Young Tommy
Isaac Jin Solstein ... Young Harry Shellner
Marilyn Chris ... Elizabeth Robbins
Dana Konner Dana Konner ... Young Julie Shellner
John Havel John Havel ... Young Harry
Ish Singh Ish Singh ... Child #2 Playing
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A tense psychological thriller exploring the troubled past, conflict-filled present, and uncertain future of the Shellners. 75 year-old Dr. Nathaniel Shellner's led an extraordinary life as a psychiatrist, earning himself a Nobel Prize. After having one child with his wife, Lillian, they decide to adopt from the camps where Dr. Shellner worked. Ultimately the Shellners have 5 children; Tommy, Julie, and Harry. As Dr. Shellner lies on his death bed, the family gathers for a final farewell. Untill Tommy arrives and accuses his father of adopting his children not out of love, but to use them for psychological experiments. Written by Michael Z. Wechsler

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Taglines:

Thriller/family drama

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Drama | Thriller

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TV-14

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USA

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English | Russian

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Dr. Nathaniel Shellner: A monster who loves his children more than life itself... is still a monster.
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Written by Erin Sax and Patrick Kelly
Performed by Erin Sax
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A mystery that would make Hitchcock proud
29 July 2015 | by rowishprodcoSee all my reviews

I am a sucker when it comes to psychological thrillers. I'm also the world's harshest critic when it comes to stories about characters having mental breakdowns so I went into this expecting to see the typical "insanity" clichés. Fortunately, this had none of them. The best thing to say about this film is it's always a few steps ahead of you. Even when you think you have a handle on what's happening, you don't. It straddled the family drama and psychological thriller genre very well, blending elements of both without letting down in either category. In some ways, the mood and tone resembled The Shining and The Sixth Sense....films rich in atmosphere and dread.

This is also the kind of film that bears repeat viewings to see how all the clues layered throughout pay off in the climax.


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