Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  109 min.
Release Date:
August 9, 2019 - Toronto
August 16, 2019 - Expands
DVD: October 29, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
based on 18 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Norbert Leo Butz, Tim Roth


Amy (Naomi Watts) and Peter Edgar (Tim Roth) adopted their son from war-torn Eritrea 10 years earlier. With a lot of love and structure in his life, Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) has become a model student beloved in his community of Arlington, Virginia. His African-American teacher, Harriet Wilson (Octavia Spencer), takes a special interest in him.

When he's asked to write an essay in the voice of a historical 20-century figure, Luce turns in a paper in which he asserts violence is a necessary cleansing force. Harriet brings it to the attention of his parents, who question him about it. Luce tells them Harriet has it in for him. After Luce talks to his teacher about his paper, she says she felt threatened by him. When her home is vandalized, she brings it to the attention of the authorities. Soon, his parents don't know who to believe.

Director: Julius Onah
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): John Baker, Julius Onah, Andrew Yang
Screenplay: J.C. Lee, Julius Onah
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  • 2 stars "It ended abruptly with no conclusion. It was very frustrating because it could have actually went somewhere instead of leaving us dumbfounded."
  • 5 stars "I really hope Octavia gets an Oscar nomination - she was so good in this, as was the entire cast. Could not stop thinking about this movie afterwards. So many angles, so powerful, so thought provoking. It's a dark film, no doubt, but what a message!! Worth another viewing or two."
  • 5 stars "Have to agree with the trend on the reviews here. Saw this yesterday and it is very thought provoking. I think one needs to see it again to get a better understanding. The movie certainly shows that not everything nor everyone is as they and/or the situation appears to be."