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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Jennifer Fox

Writer:

Jennifer Fox
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Jennifer
Jason Ritter ... Bill
Common ... Martin
Elizabeth Debicki ... Mrs. G
Jessica Sarah Flaum ... Jenny (15 Years)
Laura Allen ... Young Nettie
Juli Erickson ... Grandmother
Matthew Rauch ... Aaron
Ellen Burstyn ... Nettie
John Heard ... William P. Allens
Dana Healey ... Dr. G.
Aaron Williamson Aaron Williamson ... Raymond (Ray)
Shay Lee Abeson ... Young Becky
Isabella Amara ... Young Franny
Jodi Long ... Rebecca
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Storyline

Jennifer Fox faces a host of life-altering questions after a short story from her middle school days forces her to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. An accomplished documentarian working in New York, Jennifer is completing her latest project, about the lives of women around the world. She receives a series of phone calls from her mother, Nettie, who has found a short story Jennifer wrote at the age of 13 for school. In it, she describes various encounters with her riding instructor Mrs. G and her running coach Bill while away at summer camp. Nettie is unnerved by the implications of her daughter's writing, but Jennifer is nonplussed. She has always looked back with fondness on the time she spent with the two charismatic adults. Egged on by Nettie and encouraged by her supportive fiancé, Jennifer yearns to know more and sets out on a journey to find the real people 30 years later - the children, now adults, who also attended... Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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The film first premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to HBO films for an undisclosed sum that was reported by Variety to be in the high seven figure range. The movie aired on HBO four months later, on 26 May 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

Jennifer: [referring to Mrs. G] She was probably abused as a child herself...
Nettie: You don't know that!
Jennifer: ...Trust me mom, I know.
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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Deserve to be one of the front runners of 2018!
30 May 2018 | by sanjidparvezSee all my reviews

This is deeply moving & a remarkably honest explorations of a disturbing & heart-wrenching subject matter that we don't get to see in cinema often these days. Based on her own story, the director was amazingly brave enough to look back & shared it with such grace & smart narratives. The cast was spot on & delivered some great performances i.e. Laura Dern on the lead & her younger self portrayed by Isabelle Nélisse. Undoubtedly, one of the very best films of 2018 so far.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2018 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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