It is a minute emotional bender, that has turned the internet upside down. Despite being a few years old, the movie is just now going viral in and it is completely overtaking the internet with many viewers expressing deep disgust, hate, and shame towards the film and its director. However, there is also a large amount of support for the film, not because people liked it in the sense of, "oh what a great movie", but that they realize the message the movie is trying to convey or at least the perceived message is of utter importance. For this article, I plan to stray away from simply reiterating the director's goal and focus on the impact this movie has left on me, and those around based on numerous debates I've already entertained. Disclaimer: this movie is not for the faint of heart, while not explicitly graphic, the movie does a great job at making viewers uncomfortable and squeamish just by the sounds they hear, the intensity, and the way your mind will instinctively fill in the blanks to make sense of the scenes. Since rape is an extremely emotional topic, I do not advise jumping headfirst into this film, rather read reviews and the plot and possibly gauge how much you can take.
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The short was Aster's thesis film while studying at the American Film Institute 's graduate school in California,  and later screened at film festivals in , premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah on January 22, before it leaked online in November and went viral. The story was first conceived while discussing taboos with his friends, including Greenhouse, before Aster's first year at AFI. Sidney Johnson, an acclaimed poet, accidentally interrupts his twelve-year-old son, Isaiah, masturbating. Sidney apologizes and reassures his son that the act is natural. Sidney does not realize that Isaiah had been masturbating to a photograph of him. Fourteen years later, during Isaiah's wedding reception, Isaiah's mother Joan discovers Isaiah about to perform fellatio on a distressed Sidney. While Joan is in the shower, Sidney leaves a typed memoir under her pillow, Cocoon Man: Confessions by Sidney Johnson , which chronicles the years of sexual abuse he has endured at the hands of his son. Isaiah discovers the memoir before Joan can see it and confronts Sidney, telling him he will burn the memoir and warning him not to print more copies. While Sidney is taking a bath, Isaiah breaks down the locked door and assaults Sidney.
Check out our editors' picks for the movies and TV shows we're excited about this month, including the premieres of " Marvel ," Proxima , and more. See the full list. The Johnsons are an attractive, well-to-do, upper-middle class family. Sidney, husband and father, is a famous poet, known and adored for his kindness and sensitivity. Joan, wife and mother, is a dutiful housewife, an obsessive homemaker and the life of every party.
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