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After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore. Her life just can't be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor.

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Stacie Passon

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Stacie Passon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Weigert ... Abby / Eleanor
Julie Fain Lawrence ... Kate Abelman
Maren Shapero Maren Shapero ... Mayer Ableman
Micah Shapero Micah Shapero ... Jake Ableman
Janel Moloney ... Pru
Funda Duval ... Sarah
Claudine Ohayon Claudine Ohayon ... Lisa
Jane Peterson Jane Peterson ... Mrs. Bulkan
Maggie Siff ... Sam Bennet
Johnathan Tchaikovsky ... Justin Myers
Francesca Castagnoli Francesca Castagnoli ... Jamie
Sarah Dubrovsky ... Dom
Kate Rogal ... Gretchen
Judd Harner Judd Harner ... Clark
R. Wayne Martin R. Wayne Martin ... Peter
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Storyline

Abby lives with her lesbian domestic partner and their young son. However, Abby and her girl's long stable relationship has become passionless, and Abby is slowly becoming sexually frustrated. Abby's son hits her on the head by accident one day with his baseball and she suffers a mild concussion. This gets her thinking and she decides that she shouldn't repress her urges anymore. She hooks up with a young cute gentle and experienced lesbian prostitute, who sleeps with lonely women, and has a fantastic sexual and emotional experience. She becomes fascinated with the idea of helping other lonely women feel such joy and fulfillment, so she decides to get into the business herself under the pseudonym Eleanor. Her clients are both introverted women, who wish to explore their urges, and sexually aggressive women who know exactly what they and even Abby want. She learns more about herself and others after each sexual encounter. But how long can she live a double life before she's caught.

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Taglines:

Wife. Mother. Escort.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes Sexo do Que Nunca See more »

Filming Locations:

Montclair, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,313, 4 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,361, 18 October 2013
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93 Films,Razor Wire Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Robin Weigert and Maggie Siff also starred together on Sons of Anarchy. See more »

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In the on-screen credits listing the cast (in order of appearance), Stephanie Kirsch is listed twice for playing the role of a Spinner. See more »

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"Psychologically involving, reflective and communicative..."
15 April 2014 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

American screenwriter, producer and director Stacie Passon's feature film debut which she wrote, premiered in the U.S. Dramatic section at the 29th Sundance Film Festival in 2013, was screened in the Panorama section at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in USA and is an American production which was produced by American producer and director Rose Troche. It tells the story about a dutiful 42-year-old American mother named Abby Ableman whom after an incident begins fixing an apartment with a friend named Justin.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Stacie Passon, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a rarely straightforward, normative and understanding portrayal of a woman whom after having experienced a head injury makes a decision which could prevent her from dying internally of boredom or end her marriage. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer David Kruta, production design by production designer Lisa Mayers, distant and far from stereotypical depiction of partnership, trendy choice of themes which serves the representation of the protagonist and use of light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about a cinematic universe of women where men are neither excluded or significantly prioritized, where labeling, voyeurism and crowd-pleasing narrative choices are commendably surpassed by consideration of character and where a person in a mid-life situation whom has become so alienated from herself that she has to do something to regain what she has drifted so far away from, depicts a dense and in-depth study of character and contains a good score by composer Barb Morrison.

This freshly humorous, unconventionally conversational and non-moralizing though liable indie which is set in the U.S. in the 21st century, and where a wife agrees to a suggestion which becomes an escape from her down-to-earth life with her son, stepdaughter and spouse, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, distinct film editing, variegated characters and perspectives and the assured and authentic acting performances by American television and film actresses Robin Weigert and Maggie Siff. A psychologically involving, reflective and communicative narrative feature.


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