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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.

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Jennifer Fox

Writer:

Jennifer Fox
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Credited cast:
Laura Dern ... Jennifer
Jason Ritter ... Bill
Common ... Martin
Elizabeth Debicki ... Mrs. G
Jessica Sarah Flaum ... Jenny at 15
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
Isabelle Nélisse ... Jenny at 13
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shay Lee Abeson ... Becky
Chelsea Alden ... Samantha
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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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Given this movie's sensitive subject matter, all potentially inappropriate scenes involving children were actually filmed with adult body doubles (a title card at the end of the film notes this). 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: [Staring at an 11-year-old photo of herself from the 1970's] I was so little!
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If You Could Read My Mind
Written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot
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Deserve to be one of the front runners of 2018!
30 May 2018 | by sanjidparvezSee all my reviews

This is deeply moving & a remarkably honest explorations of a disturbing & heart-wrenching subject matter that we don't get to see in cinema often these days. Based on her own story, the director was amazingly brave enough to look back & shared it with such grace & smart narratives. The cast was spot on & delivered some great performances i.e. Laura Dern on the lead & her younger self portrayed by Isabelle Nélisse. Undoubtedly, one of the very best films of 2018 so far.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2018 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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