When the Bough Breaks (1994)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller


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On July 4th, in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands, found over several years, each one precisely severed and... See full summary »

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  • Ally Walker in When the Bough Breaks (1994)
  • Ally Walker and Tara Subkoff in When the Bough Breaks (1994)

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Director:

Michael Cohn

Writer:

Michael Cohn

Awards

1 win.

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22 June 2000 | glidrose
An unexpectedly good thriller with a terrific Ally Walker performance
In low budget thrillers we generally don't expect to find genuine shock and depth of characterization. But this film has both. What is particularly surprising is the level of complexity suggested in Ally Walker's portrayal of the lead character Audrey McLeah. The film's script in and of itself doesn't sufficiently account for the undercurrents of alienation and fear that we glimpse in the Audrey character. However, Ally Walker, in what was a fairly early role in her career, manages to convey pain through restraint. It's remarkable work in a vehicle that doesn't necessarily require it.

The film even has some powerful poetic touches such as the scars on Audrey's back, scars that resonate all the more powerfully because they appear in one scene and then vanish while the viewer continues to wonder about their origins and about the many kinds of scars that are evident in the film. Here once again Ally Walker demonstrates an impressive skill for sensitive understatement.

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