To the Bone

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH | VIBES -

Eli has been in and out of treat­ment for her eat­ing dis­or­der. She’s so skele­tal and drawn, her eye sock­ets seem over­sized and her skin looks gray. But she in­sists every­thing is un­der con­trol. Like, get over it.

Her fam­ily begs her to try yet an­other in­pa­tient pro­gram, and she agrees to join a group home where half a dozen other young bu­lim­ics and anorex­ics (“rex­ies”) are liv­ing in var­i­ous states of re­cov­ery. The house’s lone male res­i­dent, Luke (new­comer Alex Sharp) takes an in­stant lik­ing to her.

Her for­mal treat­ment in­cludes a dis­as­trous fam­ily ther­apy ses­sion with her new-age mother (Lili Tay­lor) and well-mean­ing but of­ten in­ap­pro­pri­ate step­mother (an out­stand­ing Car­rie Pre­ston). In­for­mally, it in­cludes a fledg­ling ro­mance with Luke and a bizarre bot­tle-feed­ing rit­ual with her mom.

The film presents eat­ing dis­or­ders al­most like a form of ad­dic­tion. Keanu Reeves plays Dr Beck­ham, whose ap­proach is to en­cour­age pa­tients to de­cide for them­selves what their fu­ture lives should look like. In one of the film’s most poignant scenes, he re­veals one of adult­hood’s great and trou­bling se­crets.

“Things don’t all add up,” he says. “But you are re­sil- ToTheBone.

ient. Face some hard facts and you could have an in­cred­i­ble life.”

And right there is why this film is univer­sal, even if you’re not a young per­son with an eat­ing dis­or­der. Grow­ing up means re­al­iz­ing that life isn’t al­ways fair and there’s no guar­an­tee that every­thing will be all right.


Lily Collins plays the lead role in

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