Parallel Women's Secrets
Writer/Director Hilary Brougher has created a deeply involving and
moving masterwork of film with her little independent low budget
STEPHANIE DALEY. Brougher has courage to address an issue most people
wish to submerge - that of unwanted teenage pregnancies and their
consequences - and she does it in the form of a story that is so well
woven and presented with such fine actors that she not only succeeds in
bringing attention to her main topic, she also introduces us to two
women whose lives, though separated by years of age, are significantly
parallel. The result is a film that lingers in the mind long after the
Stephanie Daley (Amber Tamblyn) is a 16-year-old girl, shy, introverted
and on the periphery of the social scene at high school until she meets
a boy with whom she has consensual sex. The focus of her life changes
as she grows in girth and at one dramatic point she gives birth to a
fetus inside a bathroom stall which she secretly discards: no one knows
Stephanie's secret. When she is examined, she is told she was pregnant,
a fact which she denies. A forensic psychologist Lydie Crane (Tilda
Swinton), pregnant herself, is brought into the case to examine
Stephanie and help the court decide the truth about what happened. As
Stephanie opens up to Lydie, Lydie begins to acknowledge her own
conflicts about her current pregnancy with her husband Paul (Timothy
Hutton): their first pregnancy resulted in a stillbirth and the current
pregnancy began three months after that unresolved tragedy. When Lydie
is not at her job she faces a world of people including a friend Frank
(Denis O'Hare) who make her consider her own concepts of right and
wrong. Lydie and Stephanie work together on the concept that 'the truth
is what we believe'. How these two women reach the conclusions they do
is the part of the story that is best left unshared until the viewer
experiences it alone.
The cast is so fine that to single out one would be a disservice to the
ensemble effect director Brougher has achieved. Tilda Swinton continues
to finesse her extraordinary gifts as an actress and the young Amber
Tamblyn makes a significant stride for her career. There is a small
role for fine character actress Novella Nelson as Doctor Lynn that is a
remarkable achievement. This is a film with a tough subject matter,
handled with the utmost dignity, and makes a social statement while
glowing as a superb independent film. Highly recommended. Grady Harp.
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Tilda Swinton for President
This is one of those movies that looks like it was developed from the
Sundance workshops... and what do you know? Hallmarks of the category
include female chauvinist perspectives, emasculated or violent male
characters (if there are any men to speak of), long stagnant takes shot
on digital video, and an aggressive tendency toward unresolved endings.
This has most of them.
And I don't care, because Tilda Swinton is plenty of reason to watch
any movie. Even THE BEACH. Okay, I won't go that far. But she is pretty
exciting. To paraphrase the old line, I'd pay to watch her go to the
bathroom... and, in this movie, I get to. Several times. Be careful
what you wish for, I guess. Not that I ever wanted that... alright,
enough on this subject.
Plus Amber Tamblyn, who far from sucks here, and Melissa Leo, who never
gets enough to do in movies - though, Jesus, girl, you are racking up
the films lately. I think Leo's made as many films in the last four
years as she made her entire previous career - though, again, she
usually doesn't get too many lines.
Actually, Hilary Brougher raises this picture somewhat above its
disadvantages through nuance, innuendo, and lack of blatancy, though
this very ambiguity does ultimately queer the ending, as in, I don't
really get what's going on with the shrink character when credits roll.
Not that I need everything spelled out, but I need to know what
language we're speaking. Perhaps Sudden Cutaway to Overexposed Window
means something in Girrrlish.
Maybe I need to bone up on my Independent Woman Filmmaker symbolism. Or
maybe I need to shut up before I get slapped with a Thoughtless Human
with Penis label and written into another script where men fail to make
the world entirely comfortable for women..