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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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's debut on HBO coincided with coordinated screenings with Planned Parenthood and Joyful Heart Foundation, and the movie's official site featured resources, including the RAINN hotline, to further dialogue and outreach around the issue of sexual abuse. See more »

Goofs

When Jennifer (Laura Dern), a professor, is doing a lecture in front of her class, there is a female student, dressed in a pale orange sweater and blue jeans, with a zebra skin laptop on her lap, sitting about four rows back on Jennifer's left, listening to her speak. Then in the very next shot, that same female student is seen sitting in the very first row, on Jennifer's right. See more »

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Jennifer: [Staring at an 11-year-old photo of herself from the 1970's] I was so little!
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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Shocking Moment
17 April 2020 | by csahin-75895See all my reviews

While I was watching this highly effective movie, there was a moment, the moment I have remembered some memory that I burried to the deep side of my mind. It was the time I have realised I was abused when I was child. I think it can show that the power of that amazing movie. Finally, I have faced what I live. And the idea of being your own documentarian, it was one of the best way to show how to examine of our memories or what we tell about them to ourselves to feel better. I will never forget that moment and I will never forget this remarkable movie.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2018 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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