Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  109 min.
In theatres:
August 9, 2019 - Toronto
August 16, 2019 - Expands

Current rating: Rating: 4.50
based on 4 votes and 2 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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  • 5 stars "One of the most interesting movies we have seen this year! The story, acting, directing just amazing.... Week after we had seen the movie, we still think and talk about it.... I think, the movie makes you think, asking yourself a lot of questions and trying to find answers, but it is a hard work.... l’d love to see it again ......"
  • 4 stars "Love when movies leave me thinking and writing my own ending"