In the 1990s, then 36-year-old Gracie Atherton-Yoo was making out with 13-year-old Joe. When that came out, the scandal was born. Gracie disappeared into prison for a few years, while the story was also the subject of a sensationalist, trash television drama. Twenty years later, the two are married and have started a family. One day, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Berry shows up on their doorstep. She is going to play Gracie in a serious film and, in preparation, would like to study Gracie and Joe in everyday life. This is allowed. Elizabeth is very curious, but what does Gracie want to show of herself? And how sympathetic is Elizabeth really to her?
In this remarkable melodrama, the role of Gracie is played by Julianne Moore, director Todd Haynes' muse, because after Safe and Far From Heaven, among others, this is the fifth time she has worked with him. Her opponent Elizabeth is played by Natalie Portman.