Abby is a fortysomething, wealthy, married, lesbian housewife who – after getting smacked in the head 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 desire is not a take-home item for the minivan ride back home, so Abby inaugurates a double life that draws her deeply into a world of prostitution for women.
In an auspicious debut, director Stacie Passon draws a pitch-perfect performance from her lead actor, Robin Weigert, as a sexy, shut-down family woman stretching to bloom again. Palpably sensual and deliciously contained, Concussion is a keen observation of the complicated contours of midlife crisis.
Sundance Film Festival
‘With strong acting, plenty of piquant black-comic dialogue, and an assured look, [Concussion] has all the right elements’