The Tale

Jennifer Fox (Laura Dern) faces a host of life-altering questions after a short story from her middle school days forces her to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

An unforgettable meditation on elusive nature of memory, The Tale is the first narrative feature from Sundance Grand Prize Winner and Emmy nominated writer-director Jennifer Fox, whose documentary films have earned international acclaim for their groundbreaking artistry and unflinching honesty. Based on Fox’s own life story, The Tale sees the filmmaker bravely pushing forward the boundaries of conventional storytelling, creating a dialogue between past and present to illustrate the interplay between memory and trauma. Read More


Jennifer Fox Was Tired of the ‘Fade to Black’

The director, writer and producer of The Tale speaks to the union of past, present and fantasy in her film.



Go Behind the Scenes of The Tale

Actor Laura Dern and director Jennifer Fox discuss the making of the film.


Laura Dern Is Done ‘Normalizing’ Abusive Power

The actor discusses The Tale’s connection to #MeToo, and why it’s a film everyone can relate to.

Critics Find The Tale ‘Bold’ and ‘Gripping’

See what the critics had to say after the film's 2018 Sundance Film Festival premiere.

The Tale is undeniably primed for the #MeToo movement, but it’s also so much bigger than that.”

“The mother of all #MeToo movies ... Innovative, honest and important.”

“It's a bold, significant piece of work: an investigative thriller with a grave finale that stuns you into silence, then, hopefully, something more.”

“There’s a bracingly alive quality to The Tale, as if it’s sentient and thinking in real time, giving the piece a gripping immediacy.”

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