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


That lady is here from the state.

She wants to talk to you.

I don't have anything to say, tell her that!

I told her already, she wants to anyway.

It'll be okay.

Hi, I'm Emily.


I'm here because we received a call

that Lilith

is showing serious signs of neglect.

Now at this point we can only assume

it's the result of family problems.

Eddie says

we don't have family problems.

Well, many families won't realise

that they're having problems

until it's too late.

And that's where we come in.

We help families communicate

and learn healthier ways

of resolving conflict.

Eddie says we don't need your help.

Mr Sullivan, is there a reason

why you won't speak to me directly?

Is there a reason why your husband

won't speak to me directly?

Eddie doesn't like speaking out of anger.

There's no laws

against being weird, Em.

I didn't say weird, I said scary.

That man sat there

staring at me the whole time,

and the mother is his emotional slave.

Wait, you didn't just fly to New York

and meet with my parents, did you?


All right. All right.

Are there any cuts, any bruises,

any signs she's being abused?

No, not physically.

But this girl's in trouble, I can feel it.

You wanna know what I can feel?

The lawsuit we're gonna get hit with

if we violate her parents' rights

without any evidence

they've done something wrong.

All right, Wayne.

You put these files on my desk

and you ask me to tell you

what's going on.

I've told you, I've done my job,

what you do with it is yours.

We're not perfect parents,

we know that,

but we figure if they know

how much you love them

a lot of the other stuff

takes care of itself.

She knows how we feel about her.

So, tell me, Mr Sullivan,

since you've suddenly acquired

the ability to speak,

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