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Hollow Reed

Angela Pope

Angela Pope’s harrowing and moving contemporary drama tackles a complex case: a doctor (Martin Donovan) has left his wife (Joley Richardson) for another man (Ian Hart), and he learns that her new lover (Jason Flaming) is physically abusing their young son (Sam Bould), apparently with the mother’s complicity. In Paula Milne’s screenplayowhich was based on a real-life gay custody caseothe road to resolution is difficult but ultimately convincingly negotiated, and this riveting drama precisely catches the silent fear of the helpless young victim and the sly cunning used by the abuser to excuse himself. (Michael Dwyer) (U.K., 1996. 104 mins.)

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