Jennifer Fox’s controversial The Tale came from realisation in her 40s that she was sexually abused as a child

Laura Dern plays Jennifer Fox and Isabelle Nelisse is Fox as a 13-year-old in The Tale.
Laura Dern plays Jennifer Fox and Isabelle Nelisse is Fox as a 13-year-old in The Tale.PHOTO: HBO ASIA

Film-maker Jennifer Fox's The Tale is about how she realised only in her 40s that what she had called a relationship in her childhood was actually abuse

Based on the true story of filmmaker Jennifer Fox, who realised in her 40s that she had been sexually abused as a child, The Tale was one of the most controversial films at the Sundance Film Festival in January, especially as it came on the heels of the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse.

This was first because of the disturbing sex scenes between its 13-year-old protagonist and the 40-year-old sports coach who abused her.

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Thank you for reading The Straits Times

You have reached one of our Premium stories. To continue reading, get access now or log in if you are a subscriber.

What is Premium?

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'How people make up stories to survive'. Print Edition | Subscribe