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Sundance: RADiUS-Weinstein Company Gets Buzzy 'Concussion'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 22, 2013 at 11:16AM

RADiUS-The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to "Concussion" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Abby (Robin Weigert), a middle-aged woman who moves to Manhattan and takes on a double life as a high-end escort.
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"Concussion"
"Concussion"

RADiUS-The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to "Concussion" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Abby (Robin Weigert), a middle-aged woman who moves to Manhattan and takes on a double life as a high-end escort.

"Concussion" sold for seven figures; this is the second big buy for boutique label RADiUS at the festival, following its purchase of opening night film "20 Feet From Stardom." The company has slated a fall 2013 release for the film.

On January 21, the Weinstein Co. also nabbed "Fruitvale" for $2.5 million, following a competitive auction that reportedly involved Fox Searchlight, Paramount Vantage and CBS.

In addition to Weigert ("Deadwood"), "Concussion" stars Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney and Laila Robbins.

Here's an extended synopsis of the film, via Sundance:

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 effort, director Stacie Passon draws out 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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.