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Writer-director Marti Noxon's deeply moving feature debut, "To the Bone," isn't just about a young woman confronting anorexia.Noxon and star Lily Collins, who both have personal experiences with eating disorders, have created an indelible character in Ellen/Eli, the eye-rolling, over-it millennial at the heart of the film. Keanu Reeves plays Dr. Beckham, whose approach is to encourage patients to decide for themselves what their future lives should look like. In one of the film's most poignant scenes, he reveals one of adulthood's great and troubling secrets. Right there is why this film is universal, even if you're not a young person with an eating disorder.Collins and some of the other actresses are so painfully thin that parts of the film are uncomfortable to watch.Noxon, a veteran writer and producer of such TV hits as "UnREAL," "Mad Men," "Glee" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," deftly manages her film's tone, blending humor and heart without being saccharine or trite.
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