Directed by: Anjelica Huston
Starring: Jena Malone (Bone), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Anney), Ron Eldard (Glen), Michael Rooker (Uncle Earle), Glenne Headly (Aunt Ruth), Dermot Mulroney (Daddy #2), Christina Ricci (Ruth’s daughter)
Country: United States
Language: English (English subs)
Genres: Misery, Family, Domestic Abuse, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Childhood, Based on a True Story, Old-Young Relationships
Plot – Spoilers:
Anney is a young mother with an illegitimate daughter Bone. She’s obsessed with removing the ‘bastard’ out of Bone and goes through a couple of marriages with men in the hope of finding love and security.
Anney’s second marriage with Glen turns out disastrous for Bone though. While Glen tries hard to keep Anney happy, he also carries a massive chip as a failure in his father’s eyes. To him, Bone is an easy, at-hand outlet for his frustrations. But it’s not just the violence that interests him about Bone.
Jean Malone was 12 at the time of the movie’s release. And so the two molestation scenes garnered a lot of controversy. According to director Anjelica Huston, Jean Malone and Ron Eldard worked for a month with a stunt coordinator to figure out how they’d eventually enact the scenes.