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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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As It Seems
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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Stefania LaVie shines!
15 October 2020 | by bobsllcSee all my reviews

Wow Was very pleasantly surprised by this film. It was a heavy subject with just the right amount of levity to be funny yet still retain the gravity of the subject. My wife's mother suffers from mental illness and if you've ever known someone who truly suffers you'll know Lili Taylor's performance is phenomenal and extremely convincingly played. Everything flowed together very well (plot and character development, beat and the killer soundtrack). The real gem here was Stefania's performance, she is a rising star and her chemistry with Lili was off the chart. In summary, a smart, touching and illuminating dramedy; definitely worth a watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Paper Spiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Syracuse, New York, USA

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