The Tale

The Week (US) - - 26 Arts -

Jennifer Fox’s first nar­ra­tive fea­ture isn’t an easy watch. A semi-fic­tion­al­ized me­moir of sorts, it stars Laura Dern as Jennifer Fox, a mid­dle-aged doc­u­men­tary maker who starts re­con­sid­er­ing her mem­o­ries of a teenage sexual en­counter with her run­ning coach when she’s con­fronted with a story she wrote about it at 13. The movie goes meta of­ten enough to be dis­ori­ent­ing, and its de­pic­tions of the re­la­tion­ship in ques­tion are squirm in­duc­ing. But Dern’s por­trayal is pow­er­ful, as is the movie, which ar­rives at a mo­ment when count­less women are bravely shar­ing sim­i­lar tes­ti­mony. Satur­day, May 26, at 10 p.m., HBO

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