The Dead Girl

2008-01-10 16:43
 
What it's about

The life of a lonesome caretaker (Toni Collette) is turned upside down when she stumbles upon the body of a murdered girl.

This discovery may provide closure for a forensics graduate (Rose Byrne) whose sister went missing when she was a child. A housewife (Mary Beth Hurt) makes a disturbing connection between the body and her own husband (Nick Searey) which leads her to take dark and decisive action. A mother (Marcia Gay Harden) desperately searches for answers about her runaway daughter's life and finds answers in one of her troubled young friends (Kerry Washington). A volatile young woman (Brittany Murphy) goes on an odyssey to get a birthday present to her little girl.

Together, these stories paint a devastating portrait of seven women whose lives are linked by a single act of violence and a desire for change.

What the critics say:

"Occasionally the movie manages to achieve a real sadness, but some story lines are forced."
Kyle Smith, New York Post

"There's no mistaking the integrity and craft on display here, and the writing and direction are too smart to dismiss The Dead Girl as victimology or man-hating."
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

"Moncrieff chooses to scrutinize highly unpleasant material but, fortunately, she never takes an exploitative or sensationalistic approach. The movie has its integrity."
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

"If the segments are uneven, Moncrieff - with the help of her excellent cast - nevertheless crafts a gripping overall narrative that exposes a shared dissonance among the protagonists"
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
A dark mystery surrounds a young woman's death, which is gradually revealed when the lives of seemingly uninvolved people intersect.

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