Brutally honest film about the effects of actions, pride, shame.
Not for teens, leaves a lasting impression. It is not an easy film to watch, similar to "Atonement" or "All the Light You Cannot See", there is no happy hollywood ending. You can feel it, as it pushes inexorably towards the end, that there will be no happy resolution.
However it is so well acted, it is hard to stop watching. I am still thinking about it days later! I will definitely not watch it ever again though, I don't need the emotional downer.
A note about the xxx sex - it is very graphic not necessarily in the amount shown (which includes full frontal nudity for both), but I think more so that it is SO realistic. It is not hollywood-ized sex at all, it is the kind of sex real people have (not talking about the statutory rape) not glamourous or perfect. I think that is what bothers everyone. Kate was in her mid 30's and David Kross who played her 15 year old lover, had only just turned 18 when he filmed this. We all know she is dedicated to her craft, but that made me go eeewwww.... I think 80-90% of people under the age of 20 won't even fully understand this film, not having had enough life experiences. I had a hard time getting over the fact that this is a 30 something woman, with a 15 year old boy. Once I was able to shut out the abhorrence of that, I was able to watch the rest of the film unravel. It takes you on quite a sad journey...