Is the movie The Tale (2018) based on a true story?

Olivia Thompson Olivia Thompson Dec 23, 2019 · 1 min read
Is the movie The Tale (2018) based on a true story?
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Yes, The Tale is based on the true story of writer and director Jennifer Fox’s own experience of sexual abuse as a child.

What is the true story behind the movie The Tale (2018)?

The Tale is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Jennifer Fox, based on her own experiences of sexual abuse as a child. The film follows Jennifer, a successful documentary filmmaker, as she begins to unravel repressed memories of a sexual relationship she had with her 40-year-old running coach at the age of 13.

Fox started writing the script for The Tale in 2009 after discovering a story she had written at the age of 13 about her relationship with her coach while cleaning out her childhood home. As she began to explore her memories and confront her past, she realized that her relationship with her coach was not a consensual and harmless romance as she had once believed, but rather a form of sexual abuse.

The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, where it won critical acclaim for its raw and honest portrayal of the long-lasting effects of sexual abuse. Fox has stated in interviews that the film was a therapeutic tool for her to come to terms with her own experiences and raise awareness about the importance of acknowledging and addressing childhood sexual abuse.

The Tale stars Laura Dern as Jennifer Fox, along with Isabelle Nélisse and Elizabeth Debicki playing younger and older versions of the character, respectively.

Are there any books about the true story behind the movie The Tale (2018)?

Yes, Jennifer Fox, the director and writer of The Tale, wrote a memoir called The Essential Guide To Being Polish: 50 Facts & Facets. However, it is not specifically about the making of the film, but rather a collection of essays about her life experiences, including her personal story that inspired the movie.

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