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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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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Frances Conroy, who plays the older version of Mrs. G, is around eight inches shorter than young Mrs. G, played by Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki. 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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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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Breathe deep
27 May 2018 | by peterdeukSee all my reviews

This is one of the most honest, disturbing yet beautiful explorations of a subject that is all too often over-simplified or dealt with extremely heavy-handily.

The way that the abuse is discussed within the characters frozen in time in the main character's psyche, is profound and unflinchingly honest. The discussions in real-life between mother and daughter - painfully real.

I will be thinking about this film for some time to come, it is an invitation to look much more closely at the stories we tell ourselves, especially with regards to "love".


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Language:

English

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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