Concussion (2013 film)

Concussion is a 2013 American drama film written and directed by Stacie Passon and starring Robin Weigert. Although not autobiographical, the story was partially inspired by Passon herself suffering a mild concussion, in the same manner depicted in the film, shortly before she began writing the screenplay.[3]

Film poster
Directed byStacie Passon
Produced byCliff Chenfeld
Anthony Cupo
Rose Troche
Written byStacie Passon
StarringRobin Weigert
Maggie Siff
Ben Shenkman
Janel Moloney
Emily Kinney
Music byBarb Morrison
CinematographyDavid Kruta
Edited byAnthony Cupo
93 Films
Razorwire Films
Distributed byRADiUS-TWC
Release date
  • January 19, 2013 (2013-01-19) (Sundance)
  • February 2013 (2013-02) (Berlin)
  • October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$42,606[2]


Abby Ableman (Robin Weigert), a lesbian with a domestic life and obligations, is accidentally hit in the head with a baseball by her son Jake. After being diagnosed with a concussion Abby starts to rethink her life, wanting more of a sex life, after having her wife fall asleep on her.

In contemplation, Abby decides to seek out a lover eventually making arrangements to sleep with a woman by the name of Gretchen on a number of occasions. The two women discuss how Gretchen uses this line of work to pay for college, that she loves having access to sexual encounters and that she incidentally appreciated being pleased by Abby, as well. Abby in realizing that she has enjoyed the access to sexual encounters, decides to partake in things on a more frequent basis. Soon enough she ends up having encounters with a number of women, eventually becoming intrigued with Sam, whom she recognizes from spin class. Like Abby, Sam finds herself in a familial configuration including a successful husband, children; plenty of money to go with. Abby appears to become intrigued with Sam, potentially wanting to move beyond a strictly hourly encounter. In time, Abby’s own wife catches onto these encounters, then owns up to the fact that she “doesn’t want to have anyone”, including Abby. Abby runs into Sam at the supermarket, observing Sam flirt with her own husband, enjoying "This" life, perhaps finding it good enough, yet seeming pleasantly enthused to have run into Abby. In the second to last scene Abby and Sam find themselves in a suburban moment, one taking out the garbage, the other taking their dog for a walk. Abby shares with Sam an observation, that their encounters were simply due to Sam’s boredom, that this was all Sam was seeking out in their encounters and nothing more. And that this is why Abby has chosen to not see Sam anymore. In the final scene, Abby is out in the garden with her wife, listening to her contemplate the building of a new porch for the house. Abby settles back into her domestic life with a wife who doesn’t desire her.



The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. At Sundance, it secured a deal with The Weinstein Company for general release later in 2013.[4] At Berlin, the film won a Teddy Award Jury Prize as an outstanding film about LGBT themes.[5]

Critical reception

Concussion received generally positive reviews, currently holding a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 54 reviews; the consensus states: "Smart, nuanced, and sexy, Concussion transcends its more awkward moments thanks to Robin Weigert's remarkable starring performance."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a 56/100 rating, based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]


  1. "CONCUSSION (15)". Picturehouse. British Board of Film Classification. February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  2. "Concussion (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. October 24, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  3. "Blow to the Head=A Hit at Sundance". New Jersey Monthly, February 20, 2013.
  4. "Sundance 2013: RADiUS-The Weinstein Company Acquires 'Concussion'". The Wrap, January 21, 2013.
  5. "Child’s Pose wins Berlin’s Golden Bear". Screen Daily, February 16, 2013.
  6. "Concussion". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  7. "Concussion Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
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