My first reaction to this movie even just as I read the title of this movie “Reviving Ophelia” was why does this girl need to be revived what has happened to take her this deep. Then I read the summary which went something like this two sisters have to navigate the difficulties of raising a teenage daughte each. As I would know since my mother is quite like one of these mothers. One of the daughters has the seemingly perfect life, perfect boyfriend, perfect friends everything. The other has a single mother and is just trying to figure out who she is and how to get attention from her busy mom without fighting.
Now one thing is clear in this movie to people who don’t know what to look for abusive relationships aren’t very obvious. Elizabeth, Liza for short the supposedly perfect girl has an abusive boyfriend and yet not even she realizes it until very late and even then she has trouble convincing herself that it’s really true.
One of the things that got my attention very early in the moment was the use of hindsight bias which we learned about in class in this movie. Whether it was by her cousin or her parents when they realized what was happening. I noticed so much more than I have before in movies now it wasn’t just reactions I was waiting and looking for but the things that we have learned in class also. I didn’t even notice I was doing it until I looked back at my notes and realized so many of the things I took down were what we had gone through