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Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)

A young woman, kidnapped when she was a child, returns home to the family she barely remembers and struggles to feel at home.

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Nikole Beckwith

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Nikole Beckwith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Leia Dargon
Cynthia Nixon ... Marcy Dargon
Jason Isaacs ... Benjamin McKay
David Warshofsky ... Glen Dargon
Rosalind Chao ... Dr. Andrews
Avery Phillips ... Leia, Aged 7
Hana Hayes ... Leia, Aged 12
Tom Wright ... Detective Timms
Jayne Taini ... Grocery Store Woman
Juan M. Fernández Juan M. Fernández ... Reporter (as Juan Fernandez)
Michelle Alegria ... News Anchor
Rob Yang ... Mr. Henry
Wiley B. Oscar ... Prison Officer
Nelson Mashita Nelson Mashita ... Public Defender (as Nelson Lee Mashita)
Gordon Greene ... Ben's Neighbor

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Seventeen years after she was abducted by a stranger named Benjamin McKay (Jason Isaacs), twenty-three-year-old Leanne Dargon (Saoirse Ronan), who has been in his captivity all this time, is discovered, and eventually reunited with her biological parents, Marcy (Cynthia Nixon) and Glen Dargon (David Warshofsky), while Ben is now in prison charged with her kidnapping. Ben was able to hide her locked in his basement all of this time, telling her that he saved her from world destruction, which she would have no reason not to believe. Leanne has no true recollection of her time before Ben, who renamed her "Leia", and thus is the only family she has ever known. Over those seventeen years, Marcy and Glen dealt with the abduction in different ways, Marcy, whose primary focus was and still is Leanne, to the point of never having returned to work. Marcy, Glen, and Leia enter into their reunion with this history. So while Marcy and Glen have a memory of their six-year-old daughter who they want... Written by Huggo

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Inspired by the true story of Natascha Kampusch, who had been kidnapped and held prisoner for eight years in the basement of the kidnapper's house. See more »

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Leia Dargon: Is this how people love? They become a room for you to live in and then they lock?
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Riveting, Deliberate, Uncomfortable Must-See
14 May 2015 | by johnnyhightestSee all my reviews

Leanne/Leia (Saoirse Ronan) is a young woman who has had two crimes committed against her: she was stolen from her family, and she was robbed of a soul. She was kidnapped as a young child and confined to a windowless room by a kind but deranged stranger (Jason Isaacs) who raised her on lies and subtle influences to make her believe he was her only hope in life (hence the title "Stockholm" Pennsylvania). For obvious reasons, he intended to limit her understanding of the outside world and subsequently rendered her incapable of handling life beyond his walls.

Then it happens that Leia is freed and returned to her biological parents. It should be a happy, joyful reunion; unfortunately, it is anything but.

I'm a huge fan of Saoirse Ronan. She thrilled me in Hanna and ripped my guts out in the Lovely Bones. In this movie she has to play it down, as her character is emotionally stunted from captivity and psychically overwhelmed by the real world. She does a wonderful job as the detached escapee, conveying a wide range of emotions just with those big blue eyes and also with her control of subtle facial expressions.

Cynthia Nixon is also outstanding as the mother, who not only has to accept her own daughter's alienation of affection but also the horrible reality that Leia cannot accept her new situation. She and her flummoxed husband (David Warshofsky) struggle to rekindle the warmth and congeniality of a familial bond that has never really had a chance to exist, while battling with issues that no parent would ever want to have.

Strong praise for writer/director Nikole Beckwith for composing a riveting (if at times deliberately slow-paced) depiction of a true tragedy. Her scenes are at times difficult to endure, but the story is excellent.


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Release Date:

2 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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