Denial (1990)

Plot: Sarah (Robin Wright) and Michael (Jason Patric) are lovers. She is loving and playful and has many actor friends. He has no one but her, and his jealousy. When he leaves her, she is unable to forget him. He becomes her sickness, her obsession…, the one that still have the power to bestir her.

Director: Erin Dignam

Writing Credits: Erin Dignam

Cast: Robin Wright, Jason Patric, Rae Dawn Chong,  Barry Primus, Christine Harnos, Rosalind Chao and David Duchovny.

Music by: Harold Budd

Genre: Drama

Budget: $800,000

Filming Dates: 14 December 1987 – January 1988

Filming Locations: Mendocino, California, USA

Release Date: January 21, 1990 (Sundance Film Festival) | September 19, 1991 (USA Video Premiere)

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 103 minutes

Robin Wright as Sarah/Loon

DENIAL is a deeply affecting psychological study of Sarah (Robin Wright), affectionately called Loon by her friends and imprisoned in a wounded memory.

For Loon escape provides no liberation. Having left her home and a tumultuous relationship with Michael (Jason Patric), she finds a haven in the borne of Jay (Barry Primus) and his daughter Sid (Christine Harnos).

However, the memories of her college years with Michael cling to her, reminding her that the woman she is, and the woman she thought she wanted to be, have both been shaped by him.

When a former classmate, Julie (Rae Dawn Chong), reenters her life, she more than ever feels the anguish of memory. However, through Julie’s films of their college days, Loon begins to learn that the past need not hold her.

5 thoughts on “Denial (1990)

  1. I barely know anything about this movie but I remember that for a while Robin Wright claimed that it was her favorite movie of all those she had made.
    I’m very interested in seeing her and I want to see her on screen with Jason Patric.
    If I’m not mistaken I read a long time ago that she and Jason were a couple for a year or so.
    Is there any way to watch Denial online or buy it somewhere?

    1. Hi Petra, I bought this movie via Amazon. It’s funny that you say “for a while Robin said this movie was his favorite” neither of them has talked about this movie in interviews and that is something that always caught my attention. It’s my favorite movie, I saw it on a trip to NYC, I was 14 years old at the time and all I could think about was “I wish I lived a story as sensual as this.” I love the sensual scenes of this movie, sensuality is not the same as eroticism.

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