Inspired by The Farewell director Lulu Wang 's call to action at the Independent Spirit Awards, we celebrate women filmmakers working in their field. Watch the video. Title: The Girl Next Door The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the s. Sold at a brothel deep in the woods to work as a caretaker, a hapless deaf girl must summon the courage to fight for her life. Lena, a young Polish immigrant working as a cleaner at an airport is invited to the family home of a co-worker, which turns sinister quickly as the family intend to 'adopt' her. When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy. A young man held prisoner by a cab-driving serial killer must make a life or death choice between following in his captor's footsteps or breaking free. A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
He responds to the situation and tries to resuscitate the victim. That evening, he reflects on his past to the summer of , when he meets his first teenage crush Meg Loughlin Blythe Auffarth. Ruth freely allows her sons and their neighborhood friends to her house, where she entertains them and offers them beer and cigarettes. Meanwhile, Ruth starves Meg, accuses her of being a whore and subjects her to misogynistic lectures, whilst her children listen. She even beats Susan after Meg hits Ralphie when he inappropriately touches her. Meg reports the abuse to Officer Jennings Kevin Chamberlin. As punishment, Ruth and her sons bind Meg in the basement and torment her, strip her, and then leave her overnight, hanging by the arms from the rafters.
Lopez plays a high school teacher named Claire who, in the midst of being separated from her husband Corbett , has a one-night stand with a younger neighbor Guzman , who develops a dangerous obsession with her. Barbara Curry, a former criminal lawyer, wrote the screenplay for the film inspired from her life's experiences. Claire Peterson separates from her husband Garrett, after he was caught cheating with his secretary. Her colleague and best friend Vicky Lansing urges Claire to divorce. They learn that Noah is now an orphan following a fatal car accident in his family the previous year. Noah befriends Kevin, Claire's teenage son, and begins attending his school, where Claire teaches English literature. Noah is drawn to Claire, expressing love for Homer 's Iliad. With Kevin and Garrett away on a fishing trip, Noah catches Claire watching him change clothes through her window. Claire goes on a miserable double date with Vicky and her boyfriend Ethan, and his ill-mannered friend Benny.
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