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Paper Spiders (2020)

TV-MA | | Drama | 24 September 2020 (USA)
A bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.

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Inon Shampanier
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Credited cast:
Peyton List ... Lacy
Lili Taylor ... Dawn
Max Casella ... Gary
David Rasche ... Bill Hoffman
Ian Nelson ... Daniel
Stefania LaVie Owen ... Melanie
Jennifer Cody ... Mrs. Jensen
Tom Papa ... Howard
Michael Cyril Creighton ... Mr. Wessler
Steve Abbott ... Police Officer
Hunter Foster ... Professor Stern
Mike Sutton ... Arresting Officer
Sheri Fairchild ... Bonnie
Quinn Hemphill ... Student
Melanie Brook ... Goth Girl
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Storyline

Dawn recently lost her husband and experiences growing anxiety as her daughter Melanie plans to move away for college. An argument with a hostile new neighbor aggravates Dawn's mental condition, and she begins to show signs of paranoid delusions. Determined to help her mom, Melanie attempts a series of interventions, but challenging Dawn's reality of persecution threatens to destroy their loving relationship. Melanie is forced to make the toughest of choices as she struggles to support her mother on the path toward recovery and healing. A bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA
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Like The Sun
Written by Lily Kershaw
Performed by Lily Kershaw
Courtesy of Lily Kershaw Productions Inc under exclusive license to Nettwerk Music Group Inc
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Incredibly moving
15 March 2021 | by alli_m97See all my reviews

I can't think of many films that made me laugh and cry so much... I saw this at the Woodstock film festival last year and have been thinking about it so often since. What begins as a fun, quirky coming of age dramedy gradually turns into a heartbreaking drama that is incredibly touching and powerful. Lili Taylor and Stefania Owen are both fantastic, and their love and pain feel so real. This is one of those films that stay with you long after you've seen them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Syracuse, New York, USA

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