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The film is one long interrogation, not only from Jennifer the characters standpoint, but from a directorial standpoint.
Its a thriller almost, but its suspense thats borne out of human need for something real in a world that feels increasingly fake.Theres nothing fake a ..
(One of the most important books about PTSD in the last decade is Bessel van der Kolks The Body Keeps the Score an idea thats all over this movie.).As ..
Timely and disquieting, The Tale has resonance with the #MeToo moment; it also feels like a burst artery.
I want more people to see The Tale because its such an innovative, honest and important film.It is a landmark, and Laura Dern is absolutely extraordin ..
And this beautiful, gripping, disturbing film deserves to be looked at with as much nuance as it offers.
But others have a built in immensity that can make a television screen fill your entire field of vision.
An immense, brave, and genuinely earth shaking self portrait that explores sexual assault with a degree of nuance and humility often missing from the ..
Big Little Lies star Laura Dern returns to HBO with sexual abuse drama The Tale, which premiered at this years Sundance Film Festival.(Photo: KYLE KAP ..
On the other hand, that might be entirely the point, but its hard to tell with this slippery, thought provoking and thoroughly compelling film.
The film knits together past and present, with passages from Jennys The Tale, and new interviews in which an off camera Jennifer interrogates figures ..
This might be brutal stuff, but The Tale, for much of its running time, avoids easy emotional beats; its a surprisingly cerebral movie.
This gently interrogative approach to a delicate subject proves extremely effective.
The Tale is a push, then, to disseminate a hard truth and by extension an argument for confronting the reality of abuse and abusers, no matter how pai ..
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Instead, it shows that finding the truth of any story is finding the strength to see it clearly.
In Jennifers memory, that first love was a thing of beauty, an elaborate secret shared between her and two very special adults.
The Tale is the story of one person, but it could so easily be the story of countless others.With the Larry Nassar case so fresh in our minds, it has ..
I dont need you or anybody to call me a victim.DEGGANS: HBOs film is a creative, slow moving exercise in peeling away Jennifers denial.
It is truly hard to imagine more effective tinder to ignite a conversation than The Tale.
New York Post
The Tale is one of the bravest and smartest movies Ive ever seen.
Jennifer Foxs dramatization of her own childhood sexual abuse is a searing, necessary watch.
The film cleverly explores the unreliable nature of memory, through canny casting and shifting recollections.
And its very difficult to put into words what this movie does to a viewer, but it makes you understand.
Brilliantly constructed and heartrendingly performed, The Tale feels as cathartic and cleansing as a primal scream.
In the months since the revelations about the behavior of Harvey Weinstein kicked off an international reckoning around sexual harassment and assault, ..
For all its exploration of personal experiences, The Tale is an oddly impersonal personal movieyet its dramatic thinness is, in its own way, revelator ..
The aesthetic is abstracted, staged and stylized; it has a distancing effect that creates a safe place to explore dangerous ideas.
Its a rare thing for a film to anatomize the complex processes of memory and healing as effectively as The Tale, which premieres Saturday at 10 p.m.Th ..
If the stodginess of the dialogue seems to resemble a stage play at times, the sheer importance of this story makes The Tale a crucial cinematic exper ..
Exploring the ideas of memory not unlike last years Sundance premiere Marjorie Prime, the ones at the heart of The Tale are much more complex and dest ..
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The Tale is above all a work of profound empathy, as a look inside someones psyche would have to be.
It is a story of a woman taking her life back, nested in a film serving the same purpose.Like any good memoir, it provides a pathway on which women wh ..
The film is, necessarily, shocking but Fox handles what must have been difficult emotional material for her in a cool and responsible way that makes t ..
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If my memory reshapes them, Im not sure Ill realize it.I have seen The Tale once.
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But given how nuanced her underlying subject is, The Tale remains captivating.
Fox offers a beautifully crafted story which isnt afraid of challenging classical storytelling techniques in the most courageous ways.
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Its justifiably an awkward shift at the beginning of the film, but Debicki in particular makes it less jarring as the movie goes on and it pays off sp ..
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If I didnt think about it, if I didnt say the words out loud, then it couldnt have been me.
The timing of The Tale is fortuitous, but I fear that the hype associated with the #MeToo label might somehow obscure what is ultimately a slow, delic ..
It would be great to see HBO screen The Tale in at least a few theaters, in hopes of making a longshot Oscar contender.
But there is something so primal and personal about the film that it feels inexact, somehow, to yoke it to a movement, to hold it up as some kind of e ..
Director Jennifer Fox is one of those women, and she tells her brave and heartrending true story in The Tale by using memory and documentary influence ..
What a brave move for the studio to kill off that beloved superhero character.
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But that it doesnt direct you how to feel about it, or moralize, or redeem, or reassure is its greatest power.The Tale is relentlessly uncomfortable, ..
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The Tale needs to be told.Fox shouldnt have had to wait this long, but it sounds like it was a process of self discovery and then growing as a filmmak ..
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The real 13 year old Jenny is so tiny, barely clearing four feet tall, with chipmunk cheeks and a snaggle tooth.
Laura Dern stands in for the director with a beautifully acted performance.
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National TV Reviews & News Stories and opinions on TVs passing parade of shows and stars HBO stays in a fun free zone with its latest original film, T ..
A deeply personal exorcism of repressed trauma, The Tale is writer director Jennifer Foxs brave dramatization of her own story.
Its timely and everything, but coming after the appalling rape scandal with a gymnastic coach, it may also be too soon.
But is the movie good solely because of its impact and timeliness.For sure, it is not at all enjoyable.
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It is, instead, a startlingly effective act of fiction, in which Fox turns her abuser into an accessory in her own narrative, a means to an ending.
But what is striking about The Tale is the unconventional way the story is told.
As harrowing as it is to watch, seeing a woman come to terms with the reality of her abuse after decades of burying it is deeply powerful.
All her appearances seem like carefully constructed performances.
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