The Hollow Reed

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

When is a TV movie of the week not a TV movie of the week? When it's an English TV movie of the week and gets released to U.S. theaters. That said, this is an earnest and extremely well-acted dramatization of a bundle of hot-button issues, including child abuse, homosexual parenthood and the effect of divorce on children, even when both parents are doing...read more

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When is a TV movie of the week not a TV movie of the week? When it's an English TV movie of the week and gets released to U.S. theaters. That said, this is an earnest and extremely well-acted dramatization of a bundle of hot-button issues,

including child abuse, homosexual parenthood and the effect of divorce on children, even when both parents are doing their best to be civil and do what's right for the child. Martyn Wyatt (Martin Donovan), a gay doctor living with a younger man (Ian Hart), suspects that his 9-year-old son Oliver

(Sam Bould) is being beaten by his ex-wife's (Joely Richardson) new boyfriend (Jason Flemyng). She refuses to believe his accusations, so he sues for custody, despite her bitter assertion that "a couple of faggots" stand no chance in court. The air of best intentions is everywhere, along with

echoes of a slew of other movies, from KRAMER VS. KRAMER to THIS BOY'S LIFE and even SLING BLADE. Writer Paula Milne and director Angela Pope struggle not to stack the deck, but in the end it's saintly, self-sacrificing dad vs. ineffective, self-absorbed mom, a subtly misogynistic message imbedded

in American films as various as MRS. DOUBTFIRE and LIAR LIAR and unwelcome in any form.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: When is a TV movie of the week not a TV movie of the week? When it's an English TV movie of the week and gets released to U.S. theaters. That said, this is an earnest and extremely well-acted dramatization of a bundle of hot-button issues, including child… (more)

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