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The Tale (2018)

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A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

Director:

Jennifer Fox

Writer:

Jennifer Fox
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Elizabeth Debicki ... Mrs. G
Laura Dern ... Jennifer
John Heard ... William P. Allens
Ellen Burstyn ... Nettie
Common ... Martin
Frances Conroy ... Mrs. G - Older
Jason Ritter ... Bill
Laura Allen ... Young Nettie
Isabelle Nélisse ... Jenny at 13
Isabella Amara ... Franny
Chelsea Alden ... Samantha
Matthew Rauch ... Aaron
Jodi Long ... Rebecca
Tina Parker ... Fran
Jaqueline Fleming ... Margie
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A woman filming a documentary on childhood rape victims starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach.

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A történet See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Laura Dern was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her role as Jennifer in The Tale (2018), but lost to Regina King from Seven Seconds (2018). See more »

Goofs

The film is set in the year 2008 but the technical devices such as Apple iPhone, iMac and Macbook are from 2015, when filming took place. See more »

Quotes

Jenny at 13: [regarding her parents] I'm sick of all their stupid rules!
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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Masterpiece
29 June 2018 | by mathomas-28053See all my reviews

This is a masterpiece. Jennifer Fox is a genius. Writing and directing? Amazing. And, apparently, she actually wrote the story at age 13 that this movie is based on. Wow. The directing is so subtle, the mixture of past and present, the interaction of the characters, the woman and her mother. Stellar performances by all.

P.S. The subject matter, sexual abuse of a minor, is not everyone's cup of tea. If you're offended by it, or don't think it's important enough to have its own movie, don't watch "The Tale." I wasn't familiar with it until I became a therapist, but now I know it occurs and is a devastating and life-altering experience. This movie handles it fantastically. But if you don't want to see a film about it, don't watch this movie.

Jennifer Fox, you are brilliant. Please keep going. Have you got another one of these for us?


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