The Tale

The Tale ★★★★★

I don't think there's anything in life as unsettling as our memory. And how much sometimes it plays tricks and betrays us, maybe in a way to protect ourselves and block painful events?
When I was 10 years old, something happened to me. And for years I didn't know how to identify it because there's a very confusing line between what's a sexual abuse or what isn't. But I remember feeling dirty and guilty and hearing my mom asking me why in the hell would I ever talk to a strange man and that changed me, but that's a thing I only realized years later because I blocked that event from my memory for my own sanity, of course. But there was scars, you know, so that's probably why I almost would always had panic attacks when someone would start talking about sexual abuse, sexual harassment and everything. It wasn't until the #MeToo movement that I started to destroy the walls of my own memory to really think about what happened to me.

This movie hit me hard, like I knew it would. But for reasons I can't understand, it didn't make me feel like everything here was happening purely because of torture porn or just something a man would do to justify his need to glorify violence against women in all forms. This was a woman recognizing and acknowledging a hurtful thing that happened to her and trying to destroy the romantic aspect of the memory she had about that summer.

This must have been a very difficult thing for Jennifer Fox to do and I bet it was something important and challenging for her so I'm stunned, thankful and full of compassion. I hope she's doing okay.

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