When Rosamund Pike received the Golden Globe for her performance in “ I Care, ” she joked during the speech saying:
“Maybe I should just thank the bankrupt US legal system for making stories like this possible.”
This statement made many viewers wonder if the film directed by J. Blakeson was based on real events …
In the plot, an elderly caregiver blows on his clients in order to grab their material possessions while they rot in ‘nursing homes’ with the justification that they are unable to take care of them. ‘themselves.
Most shocking is that history shows how famous doctors, judges and institutions contribute to the practice of fraud, turning the whole situation into a very profitable business.
But does this even happen in real life?
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Blakeson said he started researching the topic when his friends commented on a newscast where caregivers were arrested after
“The concept of the film started when I heard about stories of legal guardians who were predators in real life. They are manipulating the system and exploiting its protections, I was horrified by the cunning of these people.
He added that he did a lot of research before writing the screenplay and was amazed at the number of cases similar to the film.
“I went to the rabbit hole called Google and read a lot of news on the subject. I was horrified by the terrible things so many of them were doing – especially since most of their actions ended up through legal loopholes. My research led me to explore the themes of ambition, the American dream, and humans being treated as commodities, so I got a chance and started writing the screenplay.
After playing with an elderly woman (Diane Wiest) linked to the Russian Mafia, protagonist Marla Grayson (Pike) finds herself facing criminals sent by her son, Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage).
Blakesson has stated that Grayson and Lunyov are fictional characters, but based on reports related to the scam.
One of those reports featured the case of April Parks, a caregiver who was convicted in 2019 of more than 100 counts against family members of the elderly, including crimes of theft, of extortion, mistreatment and exploitation of its clients.
The character of Wiest was created to bring justice to victims, even in a violent manner.
“It’s a fiction, I don’t advocate crime, but I knew the public would be delighted when Marla came across someone who made her regret all her attitudes. This is how Jennifer Peterson (Wiest) was born. “
Incredibly, the National Council on Aging in the United States has recorded that one in 10 Americans over the age of 60 suffers from some form of abuse and only one in 15 has the courage to press charges.
In 2018, the Senate Committee on Aging called for reform of the guardianship system in the United States following the emergence of worrying cases of elderly people in abusive guardianship.
In a statement, Susan Collins said:
“An estimated 1.3 million adults are cared for by family or professional guardians who control approximately US $ 50 billion of their assets. Guardianship is a legal relationship created by a court that aims to protect those who have lost the ability to care for themselves. However, we have found that in many cases the system lacks basic protections, leaving Americans more vulnerable to the risk of exploitation. “
Recalling that the film has already become one of the favorite titles of subscribers of the platform.
Watch our review:
Criticism | Rosamund Pike saw ambitious con artist in ‘I Care’ thriller
Marla Grayson (Pike) is a renowned legal guardian who enjoys being around wealthy and elderly people. To the detriment of the latter, she leads a comfortable life of luxury. When she thinks she’s found a perfect new victim, she discovers she has dangerous secrets. Based on this, Marla will have to use all her cunning if she is to stay alive.
The cast also includes Eiza González and Chris Messina.
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