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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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  • 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
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (809 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FKPJ3VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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It seems to have been the goal of the writers to make an art film, which sometimes consists of "meaningful facial shots but lacking dialogue.” The dialogue in this film was not only sparse, but also very uncompelling (poor writing). The main drawback, to me, is that the film features very little realistic affection between the characters. The film has no "heart." It does not lead the viewer to invest in the characters. As another reviewer noted, there is virtually no character development. If I do not get to know this character, Abby, and she is as remote as a zombie, why do I care about her? I don't.

I like the premise of the film: an affluent married woman tries something very risky and out of her comfort zone, becoming a female call girl catering to female clients. But the fascinating plot developments which this scenario could potentially generate never come to fruition.

In Abby’s relationships with her clients, the audience is given hints that one client or another is helping Abby to gain some sort of self-insight, but this is given tepid effort by the writers. It is never really believable. The level of communication between the characters is reminiscent of Asperger’s (no offense to anyone). I liked the tad bit of tenderness in Abby’s relationship with the heavy girl ... probably the only thing I liked about the film.

I dislike how the children are in the background as seeming "plot decorations." Abby seems to have no real relationship with them. Both parents are so unengaged with the children that frankly I thought, “I don’t give a *&^% about your narcissistic journeys. Be with your kids or give them up.” Or take them out of the film because they have no meaning here.

One final note: For a film that contains so much sex, it is remarkably devoid of sultriness & passion.
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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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I rented this movie after reading several of the reviews and after watching the trailer a few times. I was hesitant because I wasn't sure if I was ready to watch this after watching Blue is the Warmest Color. I had a free night to myself, so I gave it a shot, and wasn't disappointed. Compared to Blue is the Warmest Color, Concussion would have to be the polar opposite. Where Blue is all about passion, self-discovery and first love, Concussion is about lack of love, familiarity breeding contempt and self doubt. Abby, the main character, is in a loveless relationship and has stopped working in order to be the stay at home mom. In fact, she has denied herself a lot of things in order to appease her partner. Deciding that she wants an extra-martial fling sets this movie into motion, and Abby sets out to find what she isn't getting at home.
Someone wrote that Abby was awkward and stiff with her partners in the beginning, making those love scenes not so exciting. While the character was stiff at first, you have to take a second and think why. She is a 42 year old woman who has been with the same person for years, and this partner has denied her any type of pleasure for who knows how long. Lots of thoughts would be swirling through one's mind, and I am sure that it would be difficult to bear yourself both mentally and physically to a stranger. Abby eventually lets herself go and gets hooked on meeting the new "referrals", not only discovering the different types of people and their sad stories, but also discovering herself at the same time.
The parts of the movie that made me think was why does Abby decide to stay with her partner if she is so unhappy. She even confronts her and says that "I am yours, no one else can have me, but you don't want me.
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