Concussion

Concussion

Directed by: Stacie Passon
93 minutes

New England Premiere


Abby (Robin Weigert; Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, THE SESSIONS) lives a seemingly idyllic existence in the suburbs with her wife Kate (Julie Fain Lawrence), a successful divorce lawyer, and their two children. Abby is a stay-at-home mom who routinely fills her days with trips to the gym, gardening, and doing laundry until a blow to the head from a stray baseball thrown by her son unleashes a gnawing dissatisfaction with the superficiality of her life.

This restlessness compels her to buy a loft in the city, planning to renovate the property for a quick sale. The enterprise also conveniently provides Abby with excuses to be away from home. Once unshackled from her responsibilities, she begins to seek physical affection to satisfy the void left by the increasingly passionless state of her marriage. An intimate encounter with a high-priced prostitute results in a sensual awakening for Abby. Seeking a continuation of that experience, she soon enters the world of prostitution herself. Through her double life, she reconnects with long-dormant parts of herself that are not relegated to fulfilling the rolls of being a wife or mother.

Writer/director Stacie Passon’s debut feature is an honest and thoughtful approach to the nature of long-term relationships and the quest to balance the responsibilities of family with individual fulfillment. She also dares to subtly examine a subversive concept—that a gay marriage can be as constrictive and frustrating as any straight marriage.

It’s always a thrill to watch a character actor who has dazzled us over the years in supporting roles take center stage. Weigert’s performance is a revelation. Her portrayal of Abby’s transformation from stagnated housewife to sexually empowered prostitute never resorts to cliché. We get a full sense the turmoil raging inside her.

—Callista Burns