About The Film
A globetrotting journalist reckons with her childhood sexual abuse, in the autobiographical drama THE TALE, a searing excavation of distorted memory and suppressed trauma, with Laura Dern in a career-defining role. A successful documentarian and university professor, Jenny (Dern, as proxy for writer-director Jennifer Fox) is upset by an agitated call from her mother (Ellen Burstyn) who's read an old essay in which teenaged Jenny divulges an inappropriate if not outright predatory relationship with a middle-aged sports coach (Jason Ritter). Never thinking herself a victim, Jennifer reexamines the coded details of her first sexual experience, visiting places and people from decades earlier. Through sequences blurring fact and fantasy, she slowly unravels the horrid truth about the monstrous abuse she internalized for so long. Garnering countless accolades after its Sundance premiere, this landmark cine-memoir forever changes the conversation around sexual abuse.