Laura Dern won her first Emmy last year after six nominations for her supporting turn in “Big Little Lies,” and she’s back in the television awards race this year in a big way thanks to “The Tale.” Jennifer Fox’s memory drama earned universal acclaim at Sundance earlier this year, becoming the most acclaimed title in Park City and selling to HBO Films in a surprise move.
“The Tale” stars Dern as a version of Jennifer Fox. The character finds a short story she wrote for school at age 13, which forces her to re-examine her first sexual experience and confront life-altering questions about how she members her childhood. The supporting cast includes Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Common and Ellen Burstyn.
In an A review out of Sundance, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called the film “a landmark cine-memoir that’s as powerful and profoundly upsetting as any film since ‘The Act of Killing.'” The trailer’s sharp editing teases the film’s free-flowing structure between the past and present. The film is the latest acclaimed HBO vehicle for Dern after the likes of “Big Littles Lies,” “Enlightened,” and “Recount.”
“The Tale” debuts on HBO May 26. Watch the official trailer below.