‘The Tale’ Premieres on HBO and Shares Resources for Victims of Abuse

On Saturday evening, “The Tale” debuted on HBO, after having been one of the most talked about titles at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie is a powerful drama from Jennifer Fox, based on her own experience of sexual abuse growing up. It drew heavy acclaim at Sundance this year, before the cable giant acquired it. Instead of shooting to get star Laura Dern an Oscar nomination, it’ll look for Emmy love. More important than the Academy Awards or critical acclaim, it’s hoping to make a difference. As such, HBO and the film itself have been using social media to extend help for victims out in the world.

On Facebook and Twitter, accounts for the film and the channel were making sure to let viewers know they weren’t alone. They provided phone numbers and websites that can offer support, which we’ll share below. Considering how disturbing and personal the movie is, this could certainly spark some terrible memories. “The Tale” is written and directed by Fox, with Dern obviously in the lead. Common, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Conroy, Elizabeth Debicki, John Heard, Isabella Amara, and Jason Ritter co-star. “The Tale” is one of the best films of the year so far, with powerhouse performances. Bigger than all that is the hope that the depiction of Fox’s trauma will spur something positive going forward.

This is what was shared on Social Media:

For those viewers who were sexually abused or experienced other childhood traumas, the film may bring forth intense feelings connected to those events, as well as an awareness of how what happened so long ago impacts your life today. Please know that you are not alone – resources and support are available. Call RAINN at 800-656-4673 or Darkness to Light at 866-FOR-LIGHT to have questions answered or chat with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7 at no charge. All conversations are confidential. More resources can also be found at

“The Tale” is, again, one of the year’s best. More importantly though, it could do some real good. If someone out there sees it and is able to get help, that’s better than all the awards in the world.



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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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