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Film: THE FORGOTTEN (12A).

YOU'RE taught that every story should have a beginning, middle and end.

This movie certainly has all three, even though the final act of Joseph Ruben's thriller seems to belong to a different film entirely.

Grieving mother Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) is distraught after the loss of her nine- year old son Sam in a plane crash.

Wallowing in grief, Telly is nudged back towards the brink when her psychiatrist Dr Munce (Gary Sinise) and her husband Jim (Anthony Edwards) inform her that she in fact never had a son.

There was never a plane crash. Her memories of Sam are the elaborate creation of her deluded mind.

Telly refuses to believe the outlandish diagnosis, even when all of her photos of Sam vanish and former hockey player Ash Cornell (Dominic West), whose daughter died in the same crash, denies ever having had a child.

As she wrestles with these revelations, Telly is placed under surveillance by federal agents.

This attracts the interest of local cop Anne Pope (Alfre Woodard), who senses that there may be a germ of truth in what the hysterical mother says.

Then Ash begins to remem-ber, too . . .
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2004
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