Concussion (2013)


Critic Consensus: Smart, nuanced, and sexy, Concussion transcends its more awkward moments thanks to Robin Weigert's remarkable starring performance.


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Written and directed by Stacie Passon in an auspicious directing debut effort, and produced by Rose Troche, CONCUSSION is a poignant sexual examination of Abby (Robin Weigert in a star making breakout turn), a forty something married wealthy, lesbian housewife who, after suffering a blow to the head from getting smacked by her son's baseball-walks around every corner of her suburban life to confront a mounting desire for something else. She takes on a new project and purchases a pied-à-terre in Manhattan. Walking around the city streets reminds Abby what it feels like to be sexy, and her pent-up libido shakes off its inhibitions. Her newfound desire though is not a take-home item, so Abby inaugurates a double life as a high end escort. Palpably sensual and deliciously contained, CONCUSSION is a keen observation of the complicated contours of midlife crisis. (c) Radius

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Critic Reviews for Concussion

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (19)

The suggestion that prostitution is a risk-free route to self-discovery for suburban soccer moms is glib bordering on offensive, but Robin Weigert is tough and terrific in the lead.

May 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Passon can't seem to figure out her own protagonist; there are plenty of sexual climaxes here but not much of a narrative one.

Dec 5, 2013 | Full Review…

An engrossing meditation on modern alienation and the ways we cope when we discover something missing in our lives.

Nov 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's on the dull side, despite a fair amount of tasteful, non-explicit sex.

Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[Weigert] and Passon team up to create an indelible portrait of a woman who may always be a work in progress.

Oct 30, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This might sound, at the very least, titillating, but "Concussion" is anything but.

Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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Surprisingly poignant, executed well, and maturely conveyed, Concussion is a surprising film. The film follows the exploits of a married lesbian woman who gets in to prostitution, for complicated reasons. Such a plot line sounds like a good example for a simple exploit film or one-note gimmick, but in Concussion, it is taken to a serious conclusion. The most surprising aspect of the film is, without question, the performance by Robin Weigert. She inhibits her character with a grounded presence. She's charming, honest, curious, and hopelessly restless. The film's success hinges entirely on this performance, and fortunately, it works. She brings a complexity to the role that underscores the journey of her character, and represents a character that we can't help but like. Her arc feels organic to the story, and is written well. We see the events as felt of Weigert's character, with the film refusing to give easy resolutions or obvious emotional beats. The film's failures lie in the other characters of the film. Weigert's role aside, the other characters are not developed. We never truly understand their relationship with Robin, and the dynamics between them are never fully explored, and never seem to resonate on as deep of a level as one would like. Simply put, we lose emotional context for much of what happens, making the ending feel disjointed and oddly ineffective. An overall solid film, especially for Weigert's performance, but with supporting cast flaws. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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In the emergency room, Abby(Robin Weigert) less than calmly informs her spouse Kate(Julie Fain Lawrence), a lawyer, that she will be returning to work refurbishing apartments. Along the way, Abby also looks into her physical needs as well, hiring a prostitute(Sarah Dubrovsky) through an ad but finds it less than satisfactory. She has better luck with Gretchen(Kate Rogal) whose contact information she was given through her contractor, Justin(Jonathan Tchaikovsky). Abby enjoys herself so much so that she decides to go into business for herself. While overall not bad, "Concussion" gets off to a promising start with a nice use of humor but once it gets to its central concept, it just settles down into a rut. While this might work for a marriage, it does not do quite so well for a movie. Thematically, despite what you might have heard, the movie has more in common with "American Beauty" than with "The Kids Are All Right," as "Concussion" also involves a character who is tired of suburban existence and wants to return to her sexier, more exciting youth, which Abby displays through her Blondie and CBGB t-shirts. While she seeks to stimulate herself, she is also looking for stimulating conversation. And being beaned in the head by your kid will do that to a person.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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