Ellen Foster

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  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.9  (591)

Ellen Foster is a 1997 American drama film, directed by John Erman and based on the novel of the same name by Kaye Gibbons. The film stars Jena Malone as the titular character, Ellen Foster, and features an all-star cast including Julie Harris, Ted Levine, and Diane Ladd. The movie tells the story of 11-year-old Ellen Foster, who experiences an unbearable situation with her abusive and alcoholic father. Ellen's father is a cruel and violent man who makes Ellen's life miserable. After her mother's suicide, Ellen is left alone to take care of herself and her sick grandmother. Despite adversity, Ellen maintains her resilience and strength, and vows to escape her unbearable situation.

The film is set in the American South in the 1970s and explores themes such as family, survival, and the effects of abuse on a child's psyche. The story is told through Ellen's perspective, and we see her navigate her challenging life with strength and courage.

Throughout the film, we see Ellen attempt to seek refuge from her father's abuse, both emotionally and physically. Eventually, she finds solace in the love and support of a kind-hearted teacher, Julia, played by Julie Harris. Together with Julia, Ellen begins to heal and see a brighter future for herself.

The film's strongest point is undoubtedly the performance of Jena Malone, whose portrayal of Ellen Foster is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. She perfectly captures the character's struggle to maintain her sanity in the face of immense trauma and adversity.

Other notable performances in the film include those of Julie Harris as Julia, the teacher who takes Ellen under her wing, and Ted Levine as Ellen's abusive father, who perfectly embodies the role of a cruel and emotionally distant parent.

Ellen Foster is both a poignant and engaging film that explores the complexities of abuse and the resilience of the human spirit. It is a heart-warming tale of a young girl who struggles against all odds to overcome the traumas of her past and find a brighter future. With its strong performances and delicate handling of dark subject matter, Ellen Foster is a film that is not to be missed.

Ellen Foster is a 1997 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

Ellen Foster
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    1 hr 37 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (591)