In this week’s podcast, Glenn and Daniel, along with returning guest Erika, dive into a difficult and timely film (43:59).
Content warning: This drama depicts an illegal, predatory sexual relationship between an adult and a minor child, as well as explicit discussion of that relationship many years after it is over. Our review contains candid discussion of the film and its handling of this subject matter. Listener discretion is advised.
FilmWonk rating: 8/10 (Erika), 7/10 (Daniel), 8/10 (Glenn)
- Music for this episode is selections from the film’s score by Jed Kerzel.
- We briefly chatted about the 2005 film Hard Candy, and I described it as an entertaining thriller, but essentially a vigilante fantasy. Since this episode was recorded, actress Ellen Page (who portrayed a 14-year-old in the film, but was 17 when it was filmed) released a Facebook post describing her own experiences with sexual harassment on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand and elsewhere. It’s well worth a read.
- Also worth a read:
- Vanessa Bee’s piece in Current Affairs, “Can Penitent Sexual Predators Ever Be Granted Redemption?” Bee goes much further down the nebulous and difficult philosophical path of answering this question than this film, or our discussion of it.
- Matt Zoller Seitz’s treatise on art, artists, legacy, and betrayal: “Louis C.K. is Done”.
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