Concussion is a film about many things—long term relationships, settling in life, what it would be like to be someone else.
Abby (Robin Weigert) is a housewife married to Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence), an in demand divorce attorney. They have two children, Mayer and Jake. The movie opens with Jake throwing a baseball that hits Abby in the head. She is taken to the hospital where the doctors confirm she’s had a concussion.The concussion does something to Abby. She becomes restless and disillusioned with her wealthy suburban life and longs for something more.
Abby decides to buy a loft in Manhattan that needs a lot of work before she can “flip” it. Her friend, Justin, helps her with the renovation and suggests she hire a lesbian escort to help ease some of her restlessness and to help jump start her dormant libido. When she does, it opens a Pandora’s Box of repressed sexual feelings, boredom with her life and anger at her wife for being so inattentive. Abby decides to “create” Eleanor”, a high priced call girl who makes appointments to meet her clients in coffee shops before she agrees to “service” them. She soon has regular clients, including one of her neighbors (Maggie Siff) who’s married to a man but enjoys being with a woman. Kate eventually finds out what’s really going on in the loft. By this point in the film, most of the audience has figured out the dynamics in Kate and Abby’s relationship. Their confrontation just confirms for us what their relationship is like.
Concussion is a well done film with an amazing performance by Robin Weigert. At some point in our lives, if we’ve been in a long-term relationship, we’ve all had the same feelings and desires that Abby does. I found myself on the same roller coaster ride with Abby, and I am still thinking about the ending. It’s not what I expected. Rent the movie if you have a chance. It’s well worth the 96 minutes you’ll spend watching it.
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