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A model student. A track star. A confident public speaker. Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) is everything a high school senior aspires to be, much to the relief of his adoring parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) who adopted Luce as a young boy from a war-torn African nation. 

Thankfully, the violent trauma of Luce’s upbringing is in the distant past. Or is it? 

Luce’s teacher, Harriet (Octavia Spencer) becomes concerned when Luce writes a well-researched paper with disturbing statements about institutional violence. Is Luce applying his intellect to a provocative piece of writing, or are these signs of a maladjusted teen bubbling to the surface? 

Eager to protect her star pupil, Harriet investigates, but her discoveries force Luce’s parents to question their assumptions of who their adopted child really is. Inadvertently, they set Luce on a collision course with Harriet, in an unflinching crisis of identity that comes crashing to a head with a shocking act, changing each of their lives forever. 

DIRECTOR: Julius Onah 

WRITER: J.C. Lee and Julius Onah based on the play by J.C. Lee 

PRODUCERS: John Baker, Julius Onah, and Andrew Yang 

CAST: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and with Tim Roth 

GENRE: Dramatic Thriller