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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 5.7/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar

Stars: Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis, Emma Watson

A young girl is sexually abused by her father. Thus, begins the disturbing tale of a father and daughter torn apart, thrown into the center of a conspiracy that shocks the nation.

Emma Watson - Angela Gray
Ethan Hawke - Bruce Kenner
David Thewlis - Professor Kenneth Raines
Devon Bostick - Roy Gray
Aaron Ashmore - George Nesbitt
Dale Dickey - Rose Gray
David Dencik - John Gray
Lothaire Bluteau - Reverend Murray
Kristian Bruun - Andrew
Adam Butcher - Brody
Aaron Abrams - Farrell
Mackenzie Kerfoot - Praying Girl
Janet Porter - S. Cooper
Maura Grierson - TV Reporter #1
Peter MacNeill - Cleveland

Taglines: Fear always finds its victim.

Country: Spain, Canada

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Did You Know?

This is Emma Watson's 6th film after Harry Potter, and Amenabar's 6 film as director. The film deals with the theme of Satan, whose infamous number is 6. See more »

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User Review


Rating: 5/10

I don't think this one will take any prizes for acting, or even for its fairly modest special effects, but it has a reasonably intelligent script and enough tension and intrigue to keep the audience awake. It takes its inspiration from a wave of Satanic child abuse accusations and actual court cases that swept the world in the 1980s and 90s, but fizzled out with very little hard evidence emerging and very few convictions. Many blamed 'false memories' implanted by well-meaning counselors and psychologists and even the Press, unintentionally encouraging people in the creation of fantasies. 'Regression' tries to show how, in a manner reminiscent of the Salem witch trials, human suggestibility creates 'evidence' out of thin air, and delusional states become contagious. In doing this it is of course skating on thin ice, since similar ideas have often been used in attempts to discredit the claims of those reporting genuine 'historical' cases of assault or abuse.

The resolution presented in 'Regression' is perhaps one of the least satisfying aspects of the film, and I was surprised that no reference was made to the fundamentalist Christian element for which parts of America are so famous.

I think this one entertains, and after a slowish start builds up to quite a fast and dramatic pace in the second half. I would definitely recommend seeing it, but I don't think you would lose very much by waiting for it to get to rental or television.


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