Documentarian Jennifer Fox makes her feature debut with a bold blend of fact and fiction, investigating her own adolescent trauma, as portrayed by an exceptional Laura Dern.
When Fox’s mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a story that Jennifer wrote as a teenager, she is immediately alarmed to find it depicts abuse at the hands of Jenny’s adult riding coaches. But Jennifer remembers the time fondly, as being her first experience of love.
Jennifer (both as character and director) works to get at the truth, manipulating traditional filmmaking form to unravel the mechanisms of memory, survival, reality, power and how we use stories to protect ourselves.
Also starring Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy and an exceptional performance from newcomer Isabelle Nélisse as the young Jenny, the film is a personal experience like no other, a testament to the strength of survivors and the power of having agency over your own tale.
Contains high impact themes