Directed by: Johan Renck
Starring: Maria Bello (Nancy), Jason Patric (Louis), Rufus Sewell (Albert), Amy Brenneman (Therapist), Michael Nyqvist (Stan)
Country: United States
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Based on a True Story, Sado-Masochism, Abuse, Relationship outside marriage, Internet-related, Misery-Depression, Sexual-Violence against Women, Self-Harm, Torture
Plot – Spoilers:
A childless couple Nancy and Albert are beyond scraping even the dregs of their marriage. Nancy suffers crippling depression from years of torturous sexual abuse by her uncle, while Albert is ill-equipped to deal with her misery and feels helplessly irritated when he sees her snap into it. He’d rather zone into motivational audios, and the only thing he seems to enjoy is the buddy-time he spends with the boys from office.
But now Nancy’s gone. Off to Baltimore to meet Louis whom she met on the internet and who’s promised to fulfill the only true desire left in her – a final flourish as she ends it all.
Downloading Nancy is based on the case of Sharon Lopatka from the ’90s, which was also claimed to be the first arrest that was made, based off recovered emails.
Maria Bello is pretty great as Nancy and brings realistic nuances to her performance – like often when she’s excited in the company of Louis, her demeanour and behaviour changes to that of a little girl – a possible throwback to the periods of abuse endured as a child when she was mindfucked beyond repair about the difference between being loved and being hurt.