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“A Film by David Schwimmer” is not the sort of credit that fills me with anticipation, but I must admit he’s done a solid job with this queasy drama about the statutory rape of a 12-year-old Wilmette girl. Lured to a downtown hotel by a middle-aged online predator, who violates her and then disappears, the lovestruck child (Liana Liberato) defends her assailant after a friend rats her out at school and the FBI are called in; the girl’s dumbfounded mother (Catherine Keener) and enraged father (Clive Owen) try to make her understand what's happened to her, but they’re no match for her tangled shame, anger, and unreasoning schoolgirl crush. When dad takes the law into his own hands, this begins to suggest a millennial version of Paul Schrader’s Hardcore (1979), with a vivid disgust for our hypersexualized and soullessly wired society. But screenwriters Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger (the latter of whom cowrote In the Bedroom) mostly avoid Schrader’s puritannical sensationalism by focusing tightly on the family’s private turmoil.
Trust screens next month as part of the Chicago International Film Festival.