IFC FILMS Releases CHARLIE SAYS On May 10th

CHARLIE SAYS

Thoughtful and provocative. A movie for the Time’s Up era.”

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Matt Smith is magnetic as Charles Manson.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

August 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders.

Years after the shocking murders that made the name Charles Manson synonymous with pure evil, the three women who killed for him—Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon), and Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón)—remain under the spell of the infamous cult leader (Matt Smith).

Confined to an isolated cellblock in a California penitentiary, the trio seem destined to live out the rest of their lives under the delusion that their crimes were part of a cosmic plan—until empathetic graduate student Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever) is enlisted to rehabilitate them. Convinced the prisoners are not the inhuman monsters the world believes them to be, Karlene begins the arduous process of breaking down the psychological barriers erected by Manson. But are the women ready to confront the horror of what they did?

Boundary pushing auteur Mary Harron presents a provocative new perspective on one of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.

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