By Sonnet Relph
Case 39 was directed by Christian Alvart and stars Renée Zellweger, Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane. It was released in 2010.
The film is a supernatural and psychological thriller about a social caseworker who tries to save a little girl whom she believes is being abused. It is only when Zellweger’s character takes the child, Lillith Sullivan, into her home that the real story comes to light.
The child is much more than she appears to be, and the well-meaning Zellweger clearly bit off more than she could chew. The child captures the deepest fear of individuals and uses it against them in disturbing and creepy ways that pull at the viewers’ psyche and raise questions about whether someone can control another individual or cause their demise by getting into their mind.
The most disturbing part about this movie is that the child appears to be so young, beautiful and innocent, just as a child should be.
This movie incorporates fear, possession, psychological warfare, murder, mind games and more. It toys with the idea that some people truly are inhabited by “old souls” with evil intentions and that sometimes parents are not to blame for abusing or murdering their children.