Sep 12, 2010

TIFF10: Trust Part II

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The harrowing tale of online horror continues to resonate with me two days later. As director David Schwimmer (yes, of Friends fame) said at the gala screening, Trust examines the "psyche of a family affected by rape." The story follows the Williams family's plight as their comfortable suburban life is suddenly disrupted by their 14-year-old daughter Annie's rape. Starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as the ruptured parents and newcomer Liana Liberato as the abused teen, this film has award season written all over it.

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Deviating from his usual dashing performances, Clive Owen's pain was palpable as his life spirals out of control. Drawing motivation from his own life with two daughters, Clive said that he's "got concerns like every parent" as his daughters enter the Facebook age. His love for his family and his yearning to keep them safe resulted in a performance I will never forget.

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In a much smaller yet equally as powerful role, Catherine Keener did not disappoint. Nailing the role as mother, the protector, Keener's performance was one of the best of her career.

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It was Liana Liberato's performance as a tormented sexual abuse victim that really stole the show. The 15-year-old's emotional portrayal of a teenager so smitten with her online boyfriend that she refuses to come to terms with her rape is one viewers will never forget. The disturbing event and the painful aftermath will plague parents for years to come.

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