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The tale

Author: Jennifer FoxOren MovermanLaura RisterMynette LouieSimone PeroAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
A documentary filmmaker starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach after rediscovering a story she wrote at age 13.
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Fiction television programs
Television programs
Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: Jennifer Fox; Jennifer Fox; Jennifer Fox
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Fox; Oren Moverman; Laura Rister; Mynette Louie; Simone Pero; Lawrence Inglee; Sol Bondy; Regina Kulik Scully; Lynda Weinman, (Producer); Reka Posta; Laura Dern; Isabelle Nélisse; Elizabeth Debicki; Jason Ritter; Frances Conroy; John Heard; Jodi Long; Common, (Musician); Ellen Burstyn; HBO Films,; Gamechanger Films,; Luminous Mind Production,; Untitled Entertainment (Firm),; Blackbird Films,; One Two Films,; HBO Home Entertainment (Firm),
Language Note: Closed captioned.
OCLC Number: 1054535678
Notes: Based on The tale written by Jenny Fox, age 13.
Originally broadcast in 2018.
Aspect ration 16:9 (1.78:1).
Credits: Directors of photography, Denis Lenois, Ivan Strasburg ; editors, Alex Hall, Gary Levy, Anne Fabini ; music, Ariel Marx.
Cast: Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Jodi Long, Common, Ellen Burstyn.
Target Audience: Rating: TVMA.
Description: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, wide screen (1.78:1, 16:9); Dolby digital 5.1.
Responsibility: HBO Films presents ; written and directed by Jennifer Fox ; produced by Jennifer Fox, Oren Moverman, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Simone Pero, Lawrence Inglee, Sol Bondy, Regina K. Scully, Lynda Weinman, Reka Posta ; Gamechanger Films presents ; an A Luminous Mind/Untitled Entertainment, Blackbird/One Two Films production.


A documentary filmmaker starts to question the nature of her childhood relationship with her riding instructor and running coach after rediscovering a story she wrote at age 13.

A groundbreaking film memoir, based on the filmmaker's own personal experiences, this HBO Films presentation tells the story of Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern), a globetrotting documentarian and professor living an apparently enviable life with her boyfriend (Common) in NYC. That world is turned upside down when her mother (Ellen Burstyn) discovers a story Jennifer wrote at 13 depicting a "special" relationship she had with two adult coaches, Mrs. G (Elizabeth Debicki) and Bill (Jason Ritter), in a North Carolina horse camp. Reading the pages of "The Tale," Jennifer realizes the coded details she composed 40 years ago are quite unlike her recollection. Deeply shaken yet determined to square her version of events with the truth, she sets out to question her two coaches and other girls who attended the camp. As Jennifer's seventh-grade self-reawakens, the loving stories she told herself for decades begin to unravel. Seamlessly toggling between past and present, writer/director Jennifer Fox forges a fresh and uncompromising cinematic language to penetrate the heightened internal worlds of her character at two pivotal stages. Shocking, emotionally raw and destabilizing, The Tale punctures the insidious workings of unchecked power and lays bare the mechanisms of memory - refashioned over time by a growing girl in order to not only survive, but to prevail. -- Amazon

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