October 4, 2013
Director: Stacie Passon
MPAA Rating: R (for strong sexual content and some language)
Screenwriter: Stacie Passon
Starring: Robin Weigert, Laila Robins, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney
Copyright Holder: N/A
Called by critics at its debut screening in January as the reason why we have a Sundance Film Festival in the first place, "Concussion" is a "happy surprise." An erotic story, the central figure is Abby (Robin Weigert), an interior designer turned soccer mom who wakes up one day--after suffering a bad bump on the head--to the feeling that the spark has gone out of her life, sexually and otherwise. So she goes back to work, renovating a Manhattan loft, and tries paying for sex, first with a low-end Craigslist hooker who freaks her out, then with a high-end one who suggests Abby consider giving the world's oldest profession a try. Thus, from pied-à-terre to maison de plaisir. Key to this is the fearless performance of Weigert, best known for playing Calamity Jane on "Deadwood."