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  • ‘Compassionate, devastating’: ‘The Girl From Plainville’ hits Showmax

    ‘Compassionate, devastating’: ‘The Girl From Plainville’ hits Showmax

    The Girl From Plainville, one of Rotten Tomatoes’ Most Anticipated Shows of 2022 is now available to stream on Showmax. The series stars American actress Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning’s sister and has been described as a “compassionate and devastating portrait of two teens in trouble”. 

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    The Girl From Plainville is based on a true story centered around Michelle Carter, who was at the core of the unprecedented “texting suicide case” that rose after the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy in 2014. 

    The widely publicised case saw Michelle charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging him to commit suicide, mostly through phone calls and text messages.

    Michelle and Conrad had only met in person a handful of times, but they had an incredible bond. Their relationship was built mainly through text messages. 

    The HBO documentary titled I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs Michelle Carter focuses on their story and is available to stream on Showmax


    The series was created by Critics Choice nominee Liz Hannah and Patrick Macmanus and has scored a 94% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

    The Girl From Plainville stars Elle Fanning as Michelle, Colton Ryan as Conrad and Chloë Sevigny as Conrad’s mother, Lynn Roy. 

    For Elle Fanning, the role of Michelle Carter with plenty of responsibility. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said she had to “really think about the story”. 

    “It ultimately ends in such a tragedy and these [families] are still alive. We have to be sensitive to them. So it had to be told in the right way that could actually be helpful and possible help someone out there who’s suffering.”


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    The Elle Fanning-led series has received exceptional reviews from critics. The LA Times says The Girl From Plainville may remind you that “nothing human is as simple as it seems.”

    Plainville may get you thinking more generally about responsibility – of media that sells kids death-wrapped images of love, of how ready we are to believe we know what we only think we know.” 

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