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350 Ratings

The Tale

Directed by Jennifer Fox
United States, 2018


Jennifer is a successful, globetrotting journalist whose mother finds a story she wrote at age 13 describing a sexual triangle with two adult coaches. Jennifer sets out to find them but as she delves deeper into her own mystery, the voice of her 13-year-old self begins to tell her side of the story.

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The Tale Directed by Jennifer Fox

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 3 nominations including: Best First Feature



Golden Globes (USA)

2019 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Fox brilliantly remixes, chops, and changes her flashback sequences as Dern realizes something new, or remembers another person was in the room, or has her memory jogged by someone else’s account of events. The result is as much a process of unlearning what Jennifer thinks she knows as it is one of finding the truth.
June 01, 2018
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“The Tale” suggests a vast personal self-reconciliation and self-reconstruction that the character of Jennifer will undertake. But it builds that idea into a wider idea, of another collective reconstruction; it looks not just backward but ahead, from 2008 to today—and to change that’s as critical for the inner lives of individuals as it is for society at large.
May 30, 2018
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The unnerving power of “The Tale” is in Fox’s approach. . . . The film is one long interrogation, not only from Jennifer the character’s standpoint, but from a directorial standpoint. Characters look straight at the camera, dead-on, standing in eerie tableaux, caught as though for a camera, photos trapped in an album, telling no tales. Time folds in on itself, as Jennifer moves through her own past.
May 25, 2018
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