Kidman and Bateman face childhood scars in ‘The Family Fang’

This image released by Starz Digital shows Nicole Kidman, left, Jason Bateman in a scene from "The Family Fang." (Starz Digital via AP)

This image released by Starz Digital shows Nicole Kidman, left, Jason Bateman in a scene from “The Family Fang.” (Starz Digital via AP)

Manohla Dargis – New York Times

The drama of the gifted child is, at least in movies, a gift that keeps on giving. That’s particularly true in American independent cinema, with its stories of suffering children, monstrous mothers and abusive fathers.

There are moments when it feels as if the movie you’re watching was written on a laptop propped up by a Syd Field screenwriting book and “The Drama of the Gifted Child,” Alice Miller’s 1979 book about children and parental narcissism. Act 1: Set up the wound. Act 2: Confront the wound. Act 3: Resolve the wound.

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