Dushku Spills ‘Valediction’ Details
Posted by Brian on 06/17/2009
Eliza Dushku recently spoke to MTV about her role in the currently shooting Valediction. The film stars Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia) as a father in a car accident which leaves his daughter Brooke in a coma, but there’s more to the crash than meets the eye.
“It’s about this young couple and they have a 6-year-old daughter, seemingly in a coma, but [they learn] she’s actually alive and fully living out in her brain, but is just in this locked-in state,” Eliza explains. “So he’s trying to have his daughter wake up from this traumatic experience.” Eliza plays Renee, Josh’s former co-worker with whom he previously had an affair. Josh, who left his advertising gig to settle down with his wife and daughter, is feeling trapped by his life when the film begins — right before Renee reenters into his life, and the accident occurs. “Josh sort of meets up with Renee and wonders what would have happened if he went that route,” Dushku says. “It really is about his struggle both with these women in his life and then with his daughter who’s been injured. It turns into a really psychological chaos.”
The film, described as a contemporary psychological thriller, is directed by Suri Krishnamma (Wuthering Heights) from a script by Ronnie Christensen. It co-stars Sarah Roemer (Disturbia, Waking Madison) as Barner’s wife, Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot), Johnny Whitworth (Empire Records) and Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit). The script, director Krishnamma and Dushku’s castmates made her want to do the film. “It just seemed to me that there weren’t stories that were about young people but were adults that were dealing with these struggles. It seemed to me like a more sophisticated character that I wanted to sort of take a stab at.”