Charlie Says

A complex, nuanced story about power and how it is both taken and surrendered.


Charlie Says

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith). Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did? Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol) presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.

Bio-pic, Crime, Drama, Women and Film
Geoffrey Macnab, Independent [UK]

'American Psycho' director Mary Harron manages the unlikely feat of making three women involved in the “Manson” murders seem sympathetic in 'Charlie Says.' She also pulls off one of the stranger pieces of casting in recent film history, choosing much loved British actor Matt Smith from 'Dr. Who' and ...

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