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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.

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Jennifer Fox

Writer:

Jennifer Fox
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Credited cast:
Laura Dern ... Jennifer
Jason Ritter ... Bill
Common ... Martin
Elizabeth Debicki ... Mrs. G
Jessica Sarah Flaum ... Jenny at 15
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
Isabelle Nélisse ... Jenny at 13
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shay Lee Abeson ... Becky
Chelsea Alden ... Samantha
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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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Laura Dern and John Heard previously appeared together in Rambling Rose (1991). As with Ellen Burstyn, their previous project also featured Dern's mother, Diane Ladd. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. G has on a green blouse smoking a cigarette while sitting on the couch surrounded by horse pictures and pillows where she says "I feel like you want me to apologize for something."....her position on the couch shifts from being centered and the black rimmed pillow to her left with the black horse on it moves from being next to her to behind her arm. See more »

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Bill: When I say naga, you say nee! Ready? Naga!
Jenny at 13: Nee!
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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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I've never written a review but..
25 July 2018 | by parkii-56642See all my reviews

This movie is absolutely perfect. It's raw, real, and shows how sexual abuse can affect the subconscious for a lifetime. As someone who was sexually abused at a young age, I recommend this movie to anyone who has gone through something similar. You won't regret it.

The acting is superb, the writing and style of film works great for the theme.

POWERFUL, MOVING, BREATHTAKINGLY PAINFUL.. This is one movie I will never forget.


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 May 2018 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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