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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leia Dargon
... Marcy Dargon
... Benjamin McKay
... Glen Dargon
... Dr. Andrews
... Leia, Aged 7
... Leia, Aged 12
... Detective Timms
... Grocery Store Woman
Juan M. Fernández ... Reporter (as Juan Fernandez)
... News Anchor
... Mr. Henry
... Prison Officer
Nelson Mashita ... Public Defender (as Nelson Lee Mashita)
... Ben's Neighbor
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Seventeen years after she was abducted by a stranger named Benjamin McKay, twenty-three year old Leanne Dargon, who has been in his captivity all this time, is discovered, and eventually reunited with her biological parents, Marcy and Glen Dargon, while Ben is now in prison charged with her kidnap. Ben was able to hide her locked in his basement all 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 back in a young adult form, Leia only sees in front of her two strangers. ... Written by Huggo

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Not based on any one story, the filmmaker has stated in interviews that it was important to her not to exploit anyone's actual trauma in the making of a fictional one. See more »

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deadening
13 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Leia (Saoirse Ronan) was abducted by stranger Benjamin McKay (Jason Isaacs) at the age of four. She lived in the basement believing the world had ended. After 17 years of isolation, she is reunited with her birth parents (Cynthia Nixon, David Warshofsky). She struggles to acclimate to them who are essentially strangers and even her real name Leanne. Her mother can't leave her by herself and is desperate to connect to her. The marriage is falling apart. Dr. Andrews (Rosalind Chao) is Leia's therapist.

Director Nikole Beckwith strips away any flash or music. The colors are washed out. It is deliberately quiet at times. It leaves the movie feeling dead for the first half. Saoirse is able to maintain interest by her sheer presence. Leia takes a turn around the midpoint. It's a big risk and it becomes bursts of overwrought awkwardness. She needs a connection outside of the situation. The obvious comparison is Room which is more cinematic and has more "life". This is trying to walk down the same path but not as scenic. The two women produce a compelling battle but I'm not sure if it's worthwhile.


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