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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.


Jennifer Fox


Jennifer Fox
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Elizabeth Debicki ... Mrs. G
Frances Conroy ... Mrs. G - Older
Laura Dern ... Jennifer
Common ... Martin
Ellen Burstyn ... Nettie
Jason Ritter ... Bill
John Heard ... William P. Allens
Laura Allen ... Young Nettie
Noah Lomax ... Lucas
Isabelle Nélisse ... Jenny at 13
Chelsea Alden ... Samantha
Jaqueline Fleming ... Margie
Isabella Amara ... Franny
Tina Parker ... Fran
Matthew Rauch ... Aaron


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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USA | Germany



Release Date:

9 July 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A történet See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rolling Stone reports that given this movie's sensitive subject matter, all potentially inappropriate scenes involving children were actually filmed with adult body doubles. See more »


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 »


Jennifer: [sarcastically shouting] What? Hasn't anybody else here had *sex* with Bill?
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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Laura Dern is a Force of Nature in this Heart-Wrenching True-Story
4 June 2018 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Some True-Stories demand to be told, despite their heartbreaking, heart-wrenching reality and 'The Tale' is among those films. This Stunning film registers a sledgehammer impact & the exquisite Laura Dern delivers a performance of pure force.

'The Tale' is an investigation into one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

'The Tale' is a true-story & what you see here, is something so disturbing, that it will leave you shaken. Pedophilia is a serious crime & Pedophiles are among the most brutal creatures out there, who are out to harm, manipulate & destroy the lives of children living in our society. Written and Directed by Jennifer Fox, 'The Tale' is Fox's true life-story on the sexual abuse she faced during her childhood & her life beyond. Fox is a brave, gutsy woman, who's made a film of her own horrors & has presented us a story that's disturbing as well as powerful. Here's a woman who's courage needs to be witnessed, spoken & shown. We can no longer let these beasts abuse the underage. Enough!

'The Tale' is also packed with stunning performances, led by the magnificent Laura Dern. Dern, One Of The Finest Actresses of All-Times, portrays Jennifer Fox with sheer heart, mind & soul. Its a performance built in force & executed in exuberance. Dern is a force of nature & 'The Tale' Salutes talent to the maximum. Isabelle Nélisse, as the younger Jennifer Fox, is extraordinary. Of the supporting cast, The Legendary Ellen Burstyn does a wonderful job as Fox's Mother, who must accept what has been happened & yet not lose her conscience. Jason Ritter portrays the evil pedophile, astonishingly. His performance is as real as it can get. Elizabeth Debicki does an excellent job as Fox's childhood idol, who has much more to say & do, than it seems. Frances Conroy portrays Debicki's older version with command. The Late/Great John Heard, as the older Ritter, is beyond perfection in a brief appearance.

On the whole, 'The Tale' is a true-story that needs to be seen, for its courage & the horror that happened. Don't Miss It.

And to the courageous Jennifer Fox...Salute!

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