Who Has Seen "An American Crime"?
November 3, 2009 11:05pm CST
Now and then a movie comes along that can really cause chills to run up and down my spine; "An American Crime" is one of them. It's horrifying to begin with but when you realize it was based on a true story it's beyond that! It's about young teen Sylvia Likens, played beautifully by Ellen Page who is tortured and murdered by Indianapolis housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, played by Catherine Keener, in the sixties. Sylvia and her younger sister Jennie are left in the care of Gertrude "Gertie" Baniszewski by their parents, who are carnival workers. Gertie already has six children of her own, including a small baby, and it's clear from the beginning that she's disturbed and only agreeing to take the girls in for the extra $20 she'll get each week. There are times when this movie is very hard to watch. Sylvia and Jennie are beaten with a belt for the first time when the payment from their parents is late. After that, Jennie is spared but Sylvia's subjected to unbelievable torture at the hands of Gertie and her children and other children in the neighborhood at her urging. She is beaten, burnt with cigarettes and even branded while being held prisoner in the basement. Has anyone here seen this movie, which was quite good and very well done, by the way? If so, what did you think and were you as disturbed by it as I was, even long after the movie had ended? Annie