The Tale

A mystery-thriller about the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive

2018 | Running Time: 114 minutes | Rating: TV-MA

THE TALE begins when documentarian Jennifer Fox’s (Laura Dern) mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a short story written by Jennifer years earlier as a thirteen-year-old middle-school student. The story details her relationship with her riding instructor (Elizabeth Debicki) and running coach (Jason Ritter). Confused, Jennifer sets out to find answers from those involved. She’d always looked back at that time with fondness, but the more she learns, the more her memories shift and the questions she unearths become life-altering. A narrative feature based on the director’s own life story, THE TALE builds a dialogue between the past and present to create a meditation on the connections between memory and trauma. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Jennifer Fox, Director

Jennifer Fox is an award winning director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. THE TALE (2018) was her first narrative feature, based upon her own life story. Her other acclaimed films include BEIRUT: THE LAST HOME MOVIE (1987) and MY REINCARNATION (2011).

Sundance Film Festival 2018: Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic (nomination)
Primetime Emmy Awards 2018: Outstanding Made for Television Movie (nomination), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (nomination)
Durban International Film Festival 2018: Best Editing, Best Screenplay
Gold Derby Awards 2018: TV Movie (nomination), Movie/Limited Series Actress (nomination)
Munich Film Festival 2018: ARRI/OSRAM Award for Best International Film (nomination)

“This deliberately paced, remarkable exploration about sexual abuse, consent and way we second-guess ourselves is the mother of all #MeToo movies.”


Tags: Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Feature, Biography, Gendered Violence, Personal POV, Gender