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Concussion (2013)

Robin Weigert , Maggie Siff , Stacie Passon  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Ben Shenkman, Julie Fain Lawrence
  • Directors: Stacie Passon
  • Producers: Anthony Cupo, Cliff Chenfeld, Rose Troche
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FKPJ3VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Robin Weigert – best known as Calamity Jane on Deadwood – stars as Abby, a suburban wife and mother married to her overachieving partner Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence). But soon after Abby is hit in the head in a playground accident, she will shed her boring soccer-mom life to become a high-priced call girl for women. And when her worlds collide, the lines between love and desire may experience the most unexpected traumas of all. Maggie Siff (Sons Of Anarchy), Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains) and Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) co-star in this provocative and acclaimed debut feature from writer/director Stacie Passon.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars quality film worth your time October 5, 2013
By Jamie
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I found this to be a lovely film with quality acting and directing. It moves at a pretty slow pace, but the dialogue is believable and the content is fresh. I often judge the quality of a film by whether I am thinking about it the next day. The main protagonist and her struggles kept coming back to me, in fact, I may watch the film again because there are several layers to work through; the perspective of the bored housewife, the workaholic partner, the culture they are living in. It's a thoughtful film, with some rough around the edges camera work, but the film was worth my time and money!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new favorites! October 24, 2013
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I absolutely love this movie! I first rented it and now I have purchased it. I have already watched it several times and I'm hoping it will soon be available on Blu-ray.
MILD SPOILER ALERT!
While watching I found myself laughing at times and at other times I felt so sorry for Abby. Robin Weigert (Abby) and Maggie Siff (Sam) are great in their roles and their 2nd love scene is outstanding. To me it seems to show a progression of their relationship from call girl and client to lovers.
My only disappointment was the ending, which is left to interpretation. You can easily choose the ending of your choice, however I would have preferred knowing that Abby found happiness and sexual fulfillment either with her spouse or with Sam. Surprisingly I was left hoping that Abby and Sam continue their love affair or even divorce their spouses and be together (I know).
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected a Journey of Self Discovery and Got a Hot Mess October 11, 2013
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I really enjoyed the acting of the lead actress in this film (Robin Weigert) who plays Abby/Eleanor, the bored middle aged housewife, but was ultimately quite disappointed by the ending of this film.

This film is about Abby, a middle aged lesbian housewife with two kids, who is married to a woman who is for some reason, emotionally unavailable to her and hardly pays attention to Abby. In the guise of 'Eleanor', Abby, the bored lesbian housewife starts turning tricks with women to get some sex and attention. The sex was interesting (not salacious), and a few scenes with `Eleanor's' tricks were emotionally painful to watch because they they were so sad and intense. I also thought throughout this movie that Abby was coming to her senses regarding her unfulfilling relationship with her distant wife as she seemed to wake up from her emotional malaise. However, at the end of this movie, I was totally thrown by the nonsensical ending. I am giving this film 4 stars for Robin Weigert's terrific acting, but 1 star for the miserable and nihilistic ending, ergo my 2 star rating.

By the way, I 'purchased' this movie and do not plan on watching it ever again. If you are curious about this film after my review, I only recommend that you rent it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING AMAZING PROFOUND WORK OF ART October 10, 2013
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I had pretty much given up hope on much of the state of lesbian cinema. Although this is not exactly a lesbian flick per se, for tho this has gay content, it's a uniquely human story, applicable to all orientations. And the profundity, beauty, complexity, intelligence and depth of this movie is MINDBLOWING. I'm a bit sorry I only downloaded to rent and not to buy, as it is worth many, many, many rewatching. Highly recommend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Robin Weigert stars as Abby, a bored suburban lesbian housewife who seeks to turn her sexual fantasies into reality. When she's hit in the head by accident by her son wielding a baseball bat, this appears to be the catalyst that propels her into a new life of sensuous abandon.

The concussion itself may be the catalyst but the real reason why Abby seeks to make changes in her life is because of the lack of passion in her relationship with her wife, Kate, an attorney who no longer seems to be interested in sex.

Abby tries two separate forays with prostitutes--the first a disaster, as the woman makes her feel dirty when they have sex. The second is the opposite: Gretchen, a young, sexy woman who's putting herself through school by servicing clients. Abby meets the latter through Jake, a young contractor who she's conscripted to work on her new avocation--renovating fixer-uppers in Manhattan for profit. Things go so well with Gretchen that Abby decides to turn tricks herself for $800 a pop, with the help of Jake, who finds various clients for her.

It does take a while before we break into Act Two when Abby sets off on her own, and often it's difficult to figure out who's who and what the characters are saying. This may due in part to director Stacie Passon's cinema verité style.

Once the protagonist begins meeting the clients, I would say what happens is mildly interesting. Abby has three main clients: an obese student who's never had sex before; a well-off middle-aged woman who at first leaves without engaging and a third woman, Sam (Maggie Siff), a bisexual woman who lives in Abby's neighborhood.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awkward!!!! April 2, 2014
By KT Hops
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I don't think that even wealthy house wife call girls should be so awkward in bed. The main character of this movie seemed uncomfortable with herself and the people she slept with. If I'm going to watch a movie about infidelity which is not a feel good topic in my book, it better at least turn me on.
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