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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 5 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Elizabeth Debicki ... Mrs. G
Laura Allen ... Young Nettie
Laura Dern ... Jennifer
Ellen Burstyn ... Nettie
Frances Conroy ... Mrs. G - Older
Common ... Martin
Jason Ritter ... Bill
John Heard ... William P. Allens
Isabelle Nélisse ... Jenny at 13
Jaqueline Fleming ... Margie
Matthew Rauch ... Aaron
Tarek Bishara ... Detective Amato (as Thom Bishops)
Isabella Amara ... Franny
Chelsea Alden ... Samantha
Tina Parker ... Fran
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2018 (Bulgaria) 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 and John Heard previously appeared in Rambling Rose (1991). As with Ellen Burstyn, their previous project also featured Dern's mother, Diane Ladd. 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: Don't you think it's a little cult-like? I mean, I didn't think it at the time, but now in retrospect? You know, the whole group thing. Worshiping pain, endurance, it's a bit religious, don't you think?
Mrs. G: Really... really, Jenny?... I expected so much more of you.
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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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