July 30, 2010
Studio: E1 Entertainment/Zipline Entertainment
Director: Sandra Nettelbeck
MPAA Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality)
Screenwriter: Sandra Nettelbeck
Starring: Ashley Judd, Goran Visnjic, Lauren Lee Smith
Copyright Holder: N/A
Helen (Ashley Judd) is a beautiful, intelligent university professor who is happily married to David (Goran Visnjic) and enjoys a loving relationship with her teenage daughter, Julie (Alexia Fast), from a previous marriage. Despite all her good fortunes, Helen is hiding a secret; and a sudden, unexpected breakdown sends her spiraling into severe depression. Helen’s profound love for her family, which once made them inseparable, now is tearing them apart. Amid the desperate battle for her life, her love and her sanity, Helen finds herself pulling away from David and seeking comfort from a fierce yet fragile, enigmatic and troubled young woman, Mathilda (Lauren Lee Smith), who is also struggling with a mental disorder – and whose extraordinary spirit and devotion shines like a flickering light inside Helen’s darkness.