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.


Jennifer Fox


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


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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During the casting process, director Jennifer Fox was adamant that she wasn't looking for an actress who looked like her, giving her a level of distance from the character and story she knew so much about. Laura Dern boarded the project first, and then it became about finding a young actress to match her, more in terms of a quality that Dern embodies than about what she physically looks like. See more »


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 »


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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Take a long view of this film
8 June 2018 | by jchaverrSee all my reviews

I have seen some reviews in which they completely destroy this film (they don't get it and probably will never will). It is a good work and must have been a painful one for the director. I am glad that she made it though. Seeing how her opinion of these two abusers evolves throughout the movies must be what most victims of child sexual abuse go through. In some cases must people blocks those memories, in her case she distort them to think that she was been loved....It is a sad world when a kid cannot be just a kid, because there are predators out there ready to pounce on them.

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Release Date:

27 May 2018 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tale See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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