AFFAIRS AND A SUICIDE
Elle's (Jessica Sipos - Dark Matter TV series) father had an affair on her mother and it broke her mother's heart. It's not long before Elle's mother, Michelle (Claire Rankin - Molly's Game), remarries. The trauma of her husband stepping out on her, Elle's mother suspects her current husband, David (Linden Ashby - Teen Wolf TV series, Army Wives TV series), is doing the same. When she calls him at his hotel room and hears the distraction in his voice, she assumes he's stepping out on her, as well. She tells her daughter that David is having an affair. Michelle, feeling doubly heartbroken by this 'revelation', which isn't true, takes her own life. Elle soon finds her mother dead.
Believing her stepfather, David, is the cause of her mother's suicide, she seeks revenge on him. But to get the revenge she brings in an old high school friend. Enter Anna (Sierra Wooldridge - 12 Monkeys TV series, Anon).
GEORGIA PEACH, DUI'S, AND PRISON
Anna drives while intoxicated and is involved in an accident. To avoid a long prison sentence Anna takes a plea deal which will get her a six-month sentence, with three months off for good behavior. Elle receives a letter from Elle sending her condolences on her mother's passing. Elle sees an opportunity in Anna, to get revenge on her stepfather, David. But Anna is unaware she's part of a plan and not the kind heart of Elle.
Elle visits Anna in prison and offers her a place to stay, rent-free and a job at her stepdad's business. However, because Anna has been in prison, Elle asks her to come up with another name to use. Anna picks her middle name, Georgia. Now Anna is known at the office as Georgia.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND AND SET UP
Elle, Anna, and David are in New York on business and at a party. Elle says she's going to stay behind and asks David to give Anna a ride home, to which he agrees. On their way out the door, a photographer takes a picture of Anna and David. Step 1 in Elle's plan for revenge.
BUT THERE'S A HITCH
Cammy, an assistant in the office, asks Elle for some paperwork. Elle says she left it in the car and asks Cammy to get them, which Cammy does. While in Elle's car she finds the visitors badge from the prison Anna was an inmate of. Cammy takes the badge, does some research and up pops Anna' mug shot.
There are more incidents that happen, as planned and not planned, but it's all in the scheme of things and Elle's plan for revenge.
And through all of this, Elle is talking to her dead mother.
There was a statement made in the movie to the effect that Elle and her mother's relationship was strange. That their relationship was beyond mother daughter. It's made clear throughout the movie and definitely, in the end, they had a co-dependency on each other. But it's also made clear that Elle had a mental issue. The ending, in my opinion, could start a conversation in character study and the dependency people have on one another. I know I'm probably getting too deep for a Lifetime movie, but this one was pretty deep. Despite what was happening on the surface, the deep underlying story was there.
I'm chalking this one up to one of my favorites. It got a little choppy towards the end, as in things started happening too fast and seemed out of whack, but overall, it played out well.
A DAUGHTER'S REVENGE is currently streaming on Lifetime Movie Network.