I watched the video last night. I found it a depressing account of how insideous (?SP) a predatory perpetrator works and how he identifies with his victims before he devours them.
Given that, I thought it was an excellent movie for what it was. The film did not judge, it left that to the viewer. Thierin lies the difficulty. Non survivors are not directed to see what could be seen as benign as really being treacherous.
I think someone who was not an SA survivor would need to have the manipulations pointed out to them.
It could look like the victim was making his own choices, but the choices were made out of survival mode, so they were not freely made choices. The choices were live in shame or, maybe even... die.
I can also see where a fellow survivor who is still filled with self doubts and self loathing could mistakenly believe his, and the character in the movie's, choices were freely made.
I say that because there was a time as a child and then as an adult where I believed I brought it all on myself. The child in me will always believe it was my fault, and the adult in me will always have to show him the truth..
In the movie, the character does a dance on a tightrope with suicide. The topic of suicide is presented as a kind of mirror response to SA. My personal experience, left me wondering if dying might not have been a better choice. I know now that choosing death is against human nature, but now I understand my choices that I was left with, better, and I can see the limited lifeskills all children have. This is why the trauma is so devastating.. I chose to survive then, and now, and today I also choose to thrive.
My mother chose to devour her own son to fulfill her sexual needs. She didn't do it for what was best for me as she would have me believe.
Another movie that looked at abuse through the eyes of a child but this time through the eyes of a 5 year old was THE REFLECTING SKIN (1990). That movie was depressing also, but I think it was a masterpiece too. The film was more abstract and the imiges/flashbacks were kaleidoscopic unlike the movie L.I.E. http://www.filethirteen.com/reviews/reflectingskin/reflectingskin.htm
caution both these films are very stimulating and I would recomend debriefing with supportive people.