Netflix has had no shortage of new movies this year, and some have generated significant discussion. The movie on everyone’s lips right now with staring eyes is undoubtedly Luckyest Girl Alive.
Directed by Mike Barker and based on the novel of the same name by Jessica Knoll, the film was released on Netflix on Friday, October 7, 2022 after a brief theatrical release and tells the story of New York Times Magazine editor Ani FaNelli , played by Mila Kunis.
Although her life initially seems perfect, things start to fall apart when a real crime documentarian asks her to talk about a traumatic incident from her past. So what happened to Ani in Luckyest Girl Alive?
***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD***
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What happened to Ani in Luckyest Girl Alive?
It is eventually revealed that Ani was raped when she was only 14 years old.
We begin to learn more about her and her background throughout the film, finding out that she comes from a poor family and was receiving financial aid. She speaks of suffering and ridicule at the hands of “children of the trust fund” and her animosity stems from the incident which saw her drugged and then sexually assaulted by Dean and later Liam.
Despite the shocking and distressing nature of what happened, the others didn’t believe her and laughed at Ani. After waking up in the bathroom to find herself being exploited, Ani leaves the party and is found by Mr. Larson. She trips and falls into his arms and he takes her home.
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“We want people to fully understand the depth”
Author and screenwriter Jessica Knoll recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the project and why they chose not to shy away from presenting scenes of aggression to the public:
“With the assault scene, I think Mike’s conversations [Barker] and I had a lot where we wanted people to fully understand the depth of this character and the rage of this woman. She’s not necessarily “likable” in certain current situations and who she is, what her goals are, and how she thinks about things. »
She continued, “I think we needed the audience to really understand where it came from. I don’t think you’ll understand this if you’re not really going to be true to how she went through a degrading and difficult time. So that was to make sure that we really captured that so that you understood this woman in her current life.
Who stars in Luckyest Girl Alive?
It’s a heartbreaking story and the actors do an impressive job of conveying that in their respective roles:
- Mila Kunis as Ani FaNelli
- Finn Wittrock as Luke Harrison
- Scoot McNairy as Andrew Larson
- Chiara Aurelia as young Ani
- Thomas Barbusca as Arthur Finnerman
- Justin Lupe as Nell Rutherford
- Alexandra Beaton as Hilary Hitchinson
- Dalmar Abuzeid as Aaron Wickersham
- Alex Barone as Dean Barton
- Jennifer Beals as Lo Lo Vincent
- Connie Britton as Dina
The Luckiest Girl Alive is streaming on Netflix.
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