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Blame (2017)

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A drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable student strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to 'The Crucible'.

Director:

Quinn Shephard

Writers:

Quinn Shephard, Laurie Shephard (story by) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Tate Donovan ... Robert McCarthy
Chris Messina ... Jeremy Woods
Trieste Kelly Dunn ... Jennifer
Quinn Shephard ... Abigail Grey
Nadia Alexander ... Melissa Bowman
Geneva Carr ... Mrs. Howell
Tessa Albertson ... Ellie Redgrave
Luke Slattery ... Eric
Sarah Mezzanotte ... Sophie Grant
Owen Campbell ... TJ
Larry Mitchell ... Officer Dolan
Marcia DeBonis ... Ms. Cohen
Michael Jefferson ... Hallway Teacher
And Palladino And Palladino ... Backround
Elizabeth Howell ... Abigail's Mother (as Elizabeth Ann Howell)
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Storyline

Chris Messina stars as a substitute drama teacher whose taboo relationship with an unstable student (Quinn Shephard) strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate (Nadia Alexander), sparking a vengeful chain of events within their suburban high school that draws parallels to Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible'.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Metuchen, New Jersey, USA

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Reel Enigma See more »
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Sarah Mezzanote (Sophie) and Tessa Albertson (Ellie) had both auditioned for Melissa. Nadia Alexander (Melissa) originally read for Ellie. See more »

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References The Crucible (1996) See more »

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Written & Performed by R.E.K.
Produced by Uri Bar and Quinn Shephard
Courtesy of South Third Productions
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So much better than this rating
15 April 2018 | by rachellesuzanneSee all my reviews

I'm gonna keep this spoiler-free as I really want to speak to potential viewers BUT I will mark clearly at the very end some spoilers so that you can avoid it. But I wanted to cover that bit a little.

So, I gave this a chance despite the low rating as I don't really trust IMDB ratings anymore. I'm really glad I did. This turned out to be a nuanced, complex, and interesting film. I only discovered afterwards that the 22 year old young woman who played the lead also co-wrote it, directed it, and produced and/or wrote most of the songs in it. She is someone to watch as it's so surprising to me that somebody so young could get across such complex ideas.

What I loved is there is no Bad Guy/Good Guy-everyone is just human, with good qualities and bad. I don't think the trailer conveyed that. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered which some have complained about, but I still find it satisfying as Miss Shephard gave us enough clues that we can fill it in. Many audiences today prefer not to have to think and ponder and use their imagination, they just want stories with simple plots that tell them everything. I found it wonderful. To wrap up, give this a chance!! Especially if you enjoy unusual indie movies.

SPOILERS NEXT. LOOK AWAY IF YOU DONT WANT TO SEE!

****

I loved this ending, I really did. Those last few scenes weave together perfectly. The way it ended with her teacher was fantastic. He showed respect for her and it was obvious on her face that that meant the world to her. She felt valuable. And we are left reminded that even people who make very very poor choices, can have moments of maturity and kindness. Lovely film!


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