In that one short sequence, Noxon impressively manages to telegraph a lifetime of hurt and complex interfamily dynamics. Production companies: AMBI, Sparkhorse, Mockingbird Pictures Individual scenes shine, but the overall arc suffers. by Remember that?" Sitemap | A young woman with anorexia checks into a group home overseen by a rather unconventional medical professional in To the Bone, the feature debut from screenwriter and small-screen writer-producer Marti Noxon (Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, UnReal). Ellen responds well to this sort of thing. It was released worldwide on Netflix on July 14, 2017. Eating disorders are symptoms of the sickness of society. This subplot takes up a lot of bandwidth.

There are six other patients in the Threshold house, each one defined by their particular issue. It does not try to explain why. Cast: Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato However, these are small issues in a work that manages to suggest so much about how eating disorders are not necessarily about food or body image and about how no ill person can be healed if they resist, for whatever reason, to be helped. Ellen finds an emotional connection with a quirky British dancer, Luke (Alex Sharp), and encouraged by Dr Beckham (in a particularly implausible moment that pokes up from a nest of unbelievability) she experiments with changing her identity and her name, calling herself Eli. Synopsis. She’s a straight shooter, too. Editor: Elliot Greenberg © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter In one well-observed and even, yes, heart-warming scene, the two go on a date to a Chinese restaurant, where Ellen keeps spitting out her food into her napkin but is otherwise having a good time, suggesting how the illness doesn't prevent her from the occasional happy moment, even though that doesn't mean that one such moment makes all her problems magically disappear. This is Dr. Beckham, played by Keanu Reeves with his trademark simplicity. There’s another sequence much later in the film between Luke and Ellen that also impresses. We know a lot more now. But he is supposed to be super attractive. Producers: Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Karina Miller, Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi Finally caving in when her half-sister asks her in the most sincerely straightforward manner to give it a go, Ellen finds herself in a home with six other young women and one guy, Lucas (“rhymes with mucus”) or Luke (Sharp), who all have eating disorders, too. “To the Bone” does not treat its lead character as a poor and passive victim, sick though she may be. Gaunt and expressionless, Ellen (Collins) is first seen making a humorous but also offensive sign at what turns out to be her fourth in-patient treatment, which leads to her being kicked out again. Other than that (and what, exactly, was that? To the Bone confirms there are (almost) no good movies about anorexia. There are aspects of this approach that are refreshing. Ellen’s backstory is fraught with carefully packaged emotional pain. The film follows a young woman as she battles anorexia.

Luke then starts signaling he’s interested in Ellen through various food/sex metaphors that remarkable newcomer Sharp manages to sell with a lot of goofy charm and not an ounce of ick, essentially setting him up as the potential male romantic lead. But judging from his torpid line-readings, Reeves might as well be playing a non-ass-kicking version of John Wick: none of Dr Beckham’s supposed charisma is evident from this performance and there is nothing revolutionary in his clinical approach. Noxon clearly knows the territory. There's the girl who stashes her barf in a paper bag under the bed. Ellen’s art about herself has apparently inspired another woman with anorexia to take her own life. All of this is in its favor, to a degree. It doesn't help that Noxon's staging of a couple of scenes is so awkward that you can still see the blocking. Ellen is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. As the woman overseeing the house (Marietta Sirleaf) explains, all toilets are locked for 30 minutes after each meal. When Carpenter died, "The Best Little Girl in the World" was often mentioned as a reference point, almost like the culture was trying to put the baffling pieces together: "Karen Carpenter died of that thing we all were just talking about two years ago.
Instead of approaching the topic in a solemn "issue of the week" way, "To the Bone" tries to lighten the mood.


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