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Netflix has released a trailer for their original film To the Bone, which explores the life of a young woman with anorexia nervosa. The film stars Lily Collins (Stuck in Love), who has openly spoken out about her experience with an eating disorder. While To the Bone aims to promote conversation about the harmful illness, the internet doesn’t know what to think about Netflix’s newest mental health film.
To the Bone follows a 20-year-old woman named Ellen with anorexia nervosa, who spent her teenage years being shepherded through recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to take her to a group home for youths, led by a non-traditional doctor.
The film, which also stars Keanu Reeves, has been listed as an independent drama and comedy. To the Bone is directed by Marti Noxon, who has also openly shared her eating disorder experiences. Despite the cast and crew’s close relationship with the subject matter, many remain unconvinced that the film will deliver a representation of anorexia that is truthful and avoids romanticism.
The controversy comes shortly following the uproar caused by Netflix’s Thirteen Reasons Why, which explored tough subjects such as suicide, rape and mental health.
To the Bone was first released at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received favourable reviews from critics.
The internet’s response:
before y’all go off about to the bone maybe do your research it’s written and directed by someone who had an eating disorder
— n | was rhaegardied (@JEONSBEGlN) June 20, 2017
i can see what netflix are trying to do with To The Bone but i can see it causing more harm than good
— nic (@circasIaves) June 20, 2017
I will be extremely disappointed if Netflix doesn’t provide proper trigger warnings and resources for viewers of “To The Bone.”
— Gabby Frost (@gabby_frost) June 20, 2017
Seriously fuck Netflix for making To the Bone. Even the trailer is triggering. What do you think it’ll do to its impressionable viewers?
— starving (@SkinnyRoyalty) June 20, 2017
To the Bone is set for release July 14. Viewer discretion is advised when watching the trailer below:
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