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Aaron Eckhart, Towelhead

Based on Alicia Erian’s 2005 novel, Towelhead follows Jasira, a 13-year-old girl of Lebanese descent (newcomer Summer Bishil), whose sexual awakening takes a harrowing turn when her Texan neighbor (Aaron Eckhart) begins to molest her. It should be noted, though, that the movie emphasizes resilience, not tragedy. ”[Sexual abuse] is such an amazingly common experience,” says director Alan Ball, who wrote the screenplay for American Beauty and created HBO’s Six Feet Under. ”That whole notion of ‘She’s destroyed, she’ll never have a normal life’ — I just don’t think that’s true.” (August 15)