Of all the movie and television pieces depicting child abuse that I have ever seen, this movie provides the most honest view of child abuse, and it does so through the haunting eyes of the child herself, expertly played by Jena Malone. Other movies or television shows merely allude to the horrific details of child abuse, cutting away at the very moments the worst of the crimes take place, leaving the details to the "imagination" of the viewer, or alternatively, allowing the viewer to escape them. That a number of reviewers think this movie too graphic or stomach-turning is precisely the POINT of the movie. What happens to Bone makes you want to avert your eye, look the other way . . . leave the room. You care about her, but you just don't want to KNOW so intimately what has happened to make her eyes so chillingly pained. One of the worst realities of child molestation, rape and abuse is that, very often, adults around the child are aware of the situation, but choose to look away, unable to deal with what has happened in their own families. They may confront the abuser to get him to stop, but in the end, they may not step in and take final steps, public steps, to stop the abuse. Bone's family members-- from her pathetic mother to her comparably strong aunts and uncles -- are all aware of what has happened to Bone. Her uncles beat her stepfather badly after learning of the abuse, but in the end, not a single family member makes the necessary reports to physicians and police officers, even when directly asked about the abuse by authorities. While the other family members eventually seem to loathe the mother as much as the viewer does, they continue to make excuses for her, as family members in abusive families sometimes do. No one helps Bone, because in the end, it is the very stomach-wrenching, horrible things that have happened to her that they cannot face. That Ted Turner refused to air this movie tells us two things: (1) He didn't get it; and (2) He's a coward. Jena Malone deserved an Oscar for this performance. She is an incredibly talented young actress.