The Dead Girl is a quintet of stories about seemingly unrelated people whose lives converge around the murder of a young woman. The characters in the film are linked not only by their connection to the brutal murder but also by the difficult hand that life has dealt them. The film scrutinizes their inner struggles to overcome or surrender to their misfortunes. Moncrieff creates multidimensional portraits of women as they seesaw emotionally through a tangle of conflicting desires and fears. The stellar ensemble cast includes Toni Collette, Piper Laurie, Mary Beth Hurt, Brittany Murphy and Oscar winners Marcia Gay Harden and Mary Steenburgen.
“Two thumbs up! A great film. Each segment is carried by a brilliant performance… So well written and so well acted.”
—Richard Roeper and Anne Thompson, Guest Critic, Ebert & Roeper
Directed by Karen Moncrieff. 2006, USA • 85 minutes • 35mm