David Schwimmer turns dark with child predator movie

Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:00pm EDT
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By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO (Reuters Life!) - David Schwimmer made his name as a hapless romantic in the hit TV comedy series "Friends", but takes on a much darker topic in his second stint behind the camera with the movie "Trust."

A heart-rending drama about how online predators groom child victims and the impact it has on a family, "Trust" was inspired by Schwimmer's work with rape victims.

"Trust", which is being shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as parents who live out a nightmare when their teenage daughter is sexually assaulted by a man who gained her trust in an online chat relationship.

The movie deals with the fallout for the family from the fateful day when daughter Annie comes face to face with her online predator.

The ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter is a stark turn from Schwimmer's high-spirited 2007 directorial debut "Run Fatboy Run".

"I've never seen in film the portrayal of the father and daughter, that relationship, that has to survive this kind of trauma," Schwimmer told Reuters on Friday.

Schwimmer said he was inspired by his work with the Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, California, which offers treatment and education for victims of sexual abuse. The deeply personal movie project was seven years in development.

He started working with the organization when its director reached out to him while he was working on "Friends".   Continued...

<p>American actor and director David Schwimmer poses for a portrait to promote the film "Trust" during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2010. REUTERS / Adrien Veczan</p>