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Secret Cutting (Painful Secrets) (2000)





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The disturbing teenage phenomenon of self-mutilation gives substance to this standard "troubled daughter/monster mom" cable TV movie. Sullen, friendless schoolgirl Dawn Cotrell (Kimberlee Peterson) has been showing up at home with strange slashes on her skin. It soon becomes painfully obvious that Dawn is cutting herself to alleviate stress. Rather than deal with the problem like an intelligent adult, Dawn's mother, to whom appearances and total control are everything, merely hides all the knives in the house and orders her daughter to cease and desist. With no one to turn to -- certainly not her milquetoast of a father (Robert Wisden) -- poor Dawn resorts to even more desperate and destructive measures to work out her frustrations. Can compassionate therapist Dr. Parella (Rhea Perlman) come to the rescue before it's too late? Based on Steven Levenkorn's novel The Luckiest Girl in the World, Secret Cutting originally aired over the USA network on May 30, 2000.


Rhea Perlman
as Dr. Parella
Kett Turton
as Craig Crosetto
Sharon Bajer
as Dr. Mann
Spencer Duncanson
as Mr. Erickson
Rosemary Dunsmore
as Principal Lute
Matthew Powell
as Mike Nestor
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Critic Reviews for Secret Cutting (Painful Secrets)

All Critics (1)

For parents with teenage children, the story is terrifying. It's something else to think about, to look into -- rather than merely tossing and turning at night with worry. Peterson offers a powerful but understated performance.

June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Secret Cutting (Painful Secrets)

Graphic, hard-hitting story about a girl who cuts herself to relieve her inner pain.

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