Case 39

Synopsis: "Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks.
Director(s): Christian Alvart
Production: Paramount Studios
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

I can see you.

...pull into this gas station,

the guy was like,

"Yo, man, you got problems."

Like, "What the hell do you think

I pulled in here for?"

So your car broke down

on the way to your blood check.

Yeah, smoke, everything.

I'm willing to give you the benefit

of the doubt, Javier, but a judge won't.

I missed a couple of meetings?

What's the problem?

I mean,

I don't even know what I'm doing here.

You're here because your son has

gotten into fights every day at school,

and the last one sent one of his

classmates to the hospital.

Juanita came here for help voluntarily

before the court stepped in

and made it mandatory,

that's what you're doing here.

He's on a dangerous road.

Your history, all the violence,

all the anger,

that's his future

unless you break the cycle.

- I heard you, Mrs Lynch.

- You're trying to steal my boy!

No one is trying to steal your child.

- Then what are you trying...

- They found bruises

- and cigarette burns...

- I told you,

he was playing with some sparklers.

Mrs Lynch, I read the medical report.

I wanna talk to my own doctor.

I want a lawyer.

If you feel

that you need legal representation

- that's perfectly within your rights...

- I don't need your help, in no case.

- You've already interfered enough.

- You... Hello?

- How many active cases you got?

- Thirty-eight.

- Okay.

- Wayne, come on!

- Look, I'm buried here.

- I'm sorry, Em, we all are.

- You have three new voice messages.

- Hi.

Hey, it's Suze, missed you at yoga

the other day, give me a call.

Hey, Em, it's Jackie. Just checking in,

hope you're good.


her career path questionable,

her faith in mankind shaken,

she resisted her tendency

toward introspection

and decides to go have a drink

with her charming friend Doug.

- I am so in your head.

- Be honest.

The whole psychology thing,

it's just about scoring chicks, isn't it?

Regrettably, yes. Two.

Well, what are we gonna

drink to tonight?

The never-ending fun

of a career in public service?


You know,

I sit there talking to these families,

the authority on everything.

And I have these moments

where I think I might be totally full of it.

Everybody's full of it.

In the end you're a number to call

for people who don't have anyone else.

There's no way that's bad.

Anyway, I've done some soul searching

and I just want to say

that if a full-on relationship

feels like too much right now,

I'd be willing to consider

a purely physical one.

- What?

- Nothing.

- What, you might actually enjoy yourself.

- Yeah, yeah, I probably would.

- It's just...

- I know, I know, the job,

you get home, no time for anybody else.


Listen, I'm giving you a month. Okay?

One month.

- And then?

- I don't know.

Probably give you another month,

but that is it.

Except for two more, then, it's over.

If it were anyone...

What are they doing to you?

- What?

- Emily Jenkins. Child Services?

We spoke on the phone?

- You said the 17th.

- It's the 17th.

- Is not.

- I'm sorry, but it is.

Monday the 17th.

The day of our appointment.


Come down, I'd like to meet you.

My name's Emily. What's yours?

- Lily.

- That's a pretty name.

Is there somewhere we can talk?

So, when are you

expecting your husband back?

Because we've found that it's better

when the whole family participates.

Well, he's not here, so...

Do you have some way

of contacting him?

Not if I don't know where he is.

Is that...

Would you mind asking him

to join us, please?

- He doesn't have anything to say.

- Will you ask him, please?

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