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The Woodsman

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:605
  1. Piyal Sen, lead consultant, men's services, and consultant forensic psychiatrist
  1. Priory/Blenheim Secure Services, Chadwick Lodge, Milton Keynes

Directed by Nicole Kassell On general release

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It is rare to come across a film that treats a serious topic with adequate sensitivity and draws the right balance between realism and compassion. The Woodsman falls into this category, dealing with the emotionally charged issue of paedophilia.

Walter, the principal protagonist (played by Kevin Bacon), is a convicted paedophile, released on supervised parole. Rather surprisingly, he is housed in an apartment directly across the road from an elementary school. He finds work as a carpenter and meets Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick), a fellow worker, herself a victim of incestuous abuse. An intimate relationship …

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