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Sharing The Secret [2000] [DVD]

Mare Winningham , Alison Lohman , Katt Shea    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mare Winningham, Alison Lohman, Lawrence Monoson, Mary Crosby, Diane Ladd
  • Directors: Katt Shea
  • Writers: Lauren Currier
  • Producers: Brad Gordon, Jason Trucco, Kimberly Rubin, Laurie Goldstein, Mel Frohman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Infinity Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Made-for-TV drama following the family turmoil created by a teenager's eating disorder. Dr Nina Moss (Mare Winningham) has made something of her life, with a successful career as a therapist that has seen her open her own practice. However, her pride and joy is her teenage daughter, Beth (Alison Lohman), who is gifted and considerate. Nina believes that she has a close relationship with her daughter but little does she know that Beth, in the throes of adolescent pressure and self-doubt, has developed bulimia. Will Nina's most trying patient turn out to be her own beloved child?

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: By rights, child psychologist Dr. Nina Moss (Mare Winningham) should be pleased and proud that her daughter Beth (Alison Lohman) is a slim, eternally upbeat overachiever. But Nina suspects that all is not well with Beth--and she's right. Desperate to be accepted by her family and friends, and determined to be fully in control of her own destiny, Beth has become bulimic, 'binging' and 'purging' whenever things threaten to get out of hand in her life--or whenever she gains a single pound beyond her 'ideal' weight. The winner of a 2001 Peabody Award, Sharing the Secret originally aired May 10, 2000, on CBS. ...Sharing the Secret

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic 9 May 2003
By A Customer
Beth is talented, intelligent, slim - and bulimic. Her mother, a child psychologist, is to wrapped up in her own work to notice her daughter's ever-increasing problems, and her father is too busy with his new wife and family. Beth has no one to turn to, except her friends, and when hey leave her feeling betrayed, she feels even more alone as her eating disorder quickly spirals out of control. I felt this was a well-acted film which accurately portrayed a young girl's struggles. However, those who have eating disorders themselves may find it potentially triggering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.... 16 Sep 2008
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There are not many films based on eating disorders so any that portray an honest reflection are a welcome addition. This one is certainly that and for a relatively small budget film it is well made and acted.

It basically tells the story of Beth who is a star student living with her divorced mother, but being in regular contact with her father as well. On the surface it seems they all have a loving respectful relationship in which there seems to be considerable communication and praise for Beth. However unknown to the parents this praise seems to be causing more and more pressure for Beth. The fact that her mother is also a psychiatrists is maybe a little far fetched and it would have made it more interesting if she were to have had a more 'common' job. However as it stands, despite her insight, her mother misses the signs that her daughter is suffering from Bulimia, in fact praising her on her looks when in my opinion she frankly looks ghaunt and pasty. When the truth eventually comes out, obviously the mother is full of remorse at her failings but the film and the main character Beth do well at explaining that as with many eating disorders a lot of it is about 'control' and that no one apart from the patient themselves can take it away from them. It had a somewhat sudden ending and I personally would have liked to have seen a bit more about the help Beth received once she allowed herself to be helped in the treatment centre.
I would certainly recommend this film to anyone who is interested or who has had any dealings with this disorder.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic 12 May 2003
14 year old Beth is slim, talented, intelligent, popular - and bulimic. Her parents are divorced and her mother, a child psychologist, is too wrapped up in her work to notice Beth's problems. Her father, meanwhile, is too cusy with his new wife and child. Beth turns to her friends, but when they betray her confidence, she feels totally alone and begins to slip out of control. I don't want to reveal too much about what happens in the film, but it is one of the most realistic filma about eating disorders which I have seen. It is well acted, but could potantially trigger people who have eating problems.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharing The Secret 15 Aug 2006
By Anezka
It's about a teenage girl going through some what seems like most teenagers go through now and again, right? Well, not really. Beth is in Middle School (Junior High School). Beth is a 4.0 (Straight `A' High Honors Student). Beth is having a bit of a hard time. What Beth's friends and family doesn't know is that Beth is Bulimic. She has been Bulimic for over 3 years. It all started when her parents got divorced. Beth finally tells her friends and family that she does in fact need some medical and physically help. Beth finally seeks help and ends up in an Eating Disorder Inpatient Treatment Program.
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By Cazzy
I started watching this film and thought it would be the same old stuff, girls gets sick, girl gets treatment, girl gets better.
I was nicely surprised at the 'power' used to dramatise this story. The actress was fantastic and had in me in tears in some of it as I could relate to the pain she was feeling. There's no sugarcoating. The scene where she vomits infront of her mother is a very powerful example of just how controlling this disease is. It's not a nice story to settle down to but if you suffer from and Eating Disorder or u know someone does. I would reccomend this just to give u some idea of how deep things can run!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great performance from Alison Lohman 5 Aug 2008
By Lenora
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I bought this because of the subject matter and also because it starred Alison Lohman. I wasn't disappointed in the film, although I did feel it ended kind of suddenly. What I find confusing though is that it is advertised as being based on a true story - yet the credits at the end of the DVD state that all characters etc are ficticious. So is it true or isn't it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD purchase 26 Feb 2014
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The DVD I bought from you told me perfectly what I needed to know it arrived in the time scales you had indicated
payment was easy could find a single fault with the whole process I to give you top marks 5 stars

Well done


Anthony Cohen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodfilm 18 Feb 2014
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This film is well worth a watch for people interested in the traumas of growing up and finding your identity and the issues around eating disorders ,it is not overdramatic ,well acted and does not gloss over the issues .
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