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Trust

Trust“What if your teenaged daughter fell
  into the hands of a sexual predator who
  had groomed her via the Internet by
  convincing her that he, too, was a
  teenager? A devastated father must
  come to terms with his child’s loss of
  innocence in the brilliantly constructed
  film Trust...


BELIEVING HIS FAMILY IS SAFE and secure in their suburban home, advertising executive Will Cameron (Clive Owen: The International; Children Of Men) has no idea that his world is about to turn upside down.

He and his wife Lynne (Catherine Keener: Capote; Where The Wild Things Are) are aware that their fourteen-year-old daughter Annie (Liana Liberato in an incredible break-out performance) speaks to her contemporaries on an Internet chat room. What they do not realise is that the friend she calls Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey) is not the High School boy he pretends to be — and that he has already 'confessed' to her that he is really in his twenties.

After some weeks of chat-room exchanges and telephone calls, Annie feels that she really knows Charlie, seeing him as her first real boyfriend. He makes her feel understood, loved and beautiful and gives her encouragement as she tries for the school volleyball team. She trusts him completely.

When her brother Peter (Spencer Curnutt) is taken to his new college by their parents, Annie agrees to meet Charlie at a shopping mall. However, she is horrified to find that he is actually a man in his mid-thirties who persuades her by guile to go back to his motel room, gives her inappropriate gifts and then seduces her.

Annie's best friend Tanya has seen her with an older man and has reported her concerns. Now the police, led by special FBI agent Doug Tate (Jason Clarke), want to question Annie about her ordeal — and Annie is unable to forgive her friend for 'betraying' her.

Annie's distraught parents are devastated that they could not somehow have prevented their daughter from being assaulted. Lynne becomes depressed and Will's work is affected as he is unable to concentrate. He cannot even bring himself to look at the sexual imagery that is used to sell advertising in his work.

Retreating into herself as she tries to come to terms with what has happened and to deal with Charlie's lack of contact, Annie withdraws from her family, unable to accept that she is a victim of a crime.

Unwilling to co-operate with Doug or her parents, she refuses to accept that Charlie groomed her for weeks to get her into the motel room. She refuses to lie to trap him, insisting he is sweet an kind and funny. He gets me, she says, believing she is special to him and that without him she would not have made the volleyball team.

As the strain begins to show on the whole family, her deeply traumatised father pushes himself to the limit to try to bring Annie's assailant to justice. But there are more shocks to come when Annie is tormented beyond reason at school and her parents gain illicit access to the chat room transcripts.

Even when Will finally tells his friend and work colleague Al Hart (Noah Emmerich) what has happened to his daughter, Al seems relieved rather than alarmed that 'Charlie' was someone Annie met over the Internet.

Becoming more angry and confrontational towards Annie, how can Will finally deal with what has happened to his daughter? Can he ever understand why Annie didn't tell him and Lynne everything? And what sort of man is Charlie? An unloved loner who can only relate to young, malleable girls — or something worse?

Shocked into disbelief and running through a gamut of emotions including grief, anger and guilt, Will and Lynne struggle to come to terms with what has happened to their once-innocent daughter. The devastating revelation sets in motion a chain of events that forever change their lives as Will fights to bring about his own kind of justice.

Trust is exceptionally well put together, well observed and so totally believable that at times you could be watching a documentary. The word 'friend' is a meaningless word when it applies to someone you meet on the Internet — especially if you are a fourteen-year-old girl who hasn't a clue to whom she is speaking. A poignant warning for our times.

Trust also features: Viola Davis (Eat, Pray, Love; Knight and Day) as Gail Friedman; Joe Sikora as Rob Moscono; Aislinn Debutch as Katie; Olivia Wickline as Louise; Zoe Levin as Brittany; Zanny Laird as Serena Edmonds; Yolanda Mendoza as Tanya; Shenell Randall as Alexa; Tristan Peach as Charlie; and Pamela Washington as Ad Agency Lady.

Music is by Nathan Larson; Director of Photography is Andrzej Sekula; Exectuive Producers are: Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short and John Thompson; Produced by Tom Hodges, Ed Cathell III and Dana Golomb, David Schwimmer, Bob Greenhut and Heidi Jo Markel; Directed by David Schwimmer; Written by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger.

From director David Schwimmer (Run Fatboy Run) comes Trust, a gripping, modern-day thriller featuring outstanding performances from three Academy Award nominees: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis. Trust is a haunting depiction of a very real, grossly underestimated and hard to detect danger and will be available to own and rent on DVD and Blu-ray from 29 August 2011. Running Time: 106 Minutes Approximately; Certificate: 15; RRP: £12.99 DVD; £17.99 Blu-ray.

"Trust is exceptionally well put together, well observed and so totally believable that at times you could be watching a documentary… A warning for our times" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"**** Outstanding" — Daily Mail

"****" — Sun, Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Sunday Express

Director David Schwimmer has been involved with the Rape Foundation for fourteen years and has been on the Board of Directors for the past ten years. He has drawn inspiration from his work and pays tribute to the FBI and counsellors who work hard to support both the victims and their family. It is a project close to his heart and he hopes that Trust will create more of an understanding of this widespread problem.