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Impressive directorial debut by Moncrieff tells the story of troubled teen Meg (Bruckner) and her sad, beaten-down English teacher Mr. Auster (Strathairn). Meg's life has been turned upside down with the divorce of her parents. Her mother is distant and overworked, and her sister (Arnold, in an excellent performance) is self-destructive. When she finds solace in poetry, Auster recognizes and encourages her talent, which leads to an awkwardly closer relationship, skulkingly engineered by the teacher. Excellent script and direction, as well as stellar performances by Bruckner and Strathairn, allow the film to explore the situation without exploiting or judging. The characters are well-rounded and real, as is the dialogue, which makes the unfolding events that much more disturbing.

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Available on Running time 96 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Teen Angst, Errant Educators, Coming of Age, Poetry, High School, Florida, Betrayal, Divorce, Single Parents, Brothers & Sisters
Screenplay
Karen Moncrieff
Cast
Agnes Bruckner, David Strathairn, Margaret Colin, Regan Arnold, Frances Fisher, A.J. Buckley, Sarah Beuhler
Cinematography
Rob Sweeney
Director
Karen Moncrieff
Music
Stuart Spencer-Nash
Other
Mark Ferrell, Toby Yates, Kristan Andrews, Kristan Andrews
Producer
Peer J. Oppenheimer, Amy Sommers, David Waters, Miramax Films

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