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Director  Joan Micklin Silver
Initial DVD release  February 18, 2003
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Country  United State
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Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Ronald Bass, David Field
Language  English
Invisible Child movie poster
Writer  Ronald Bass, David Field
Release date  March 8, 1999 (1999-03-08)
Cast  Rita Wilson (Annie Beeman), Mae Whitman (Rebecca Doc Beeman), Victor Garber (Tim Beeman), David Dorfman, Tushka Bergen
Similar movies  Losing Chase (1996), The Nanny Express (2009), A Time to Remember (2003), Intimate Strangers (1977), A Piano for Mrs Cimino (1982)
Tagline  A child...only in her mother's mind.

Invisible Child is a 1999 American television drama film starring Rita Wilson as a mother who imagines she has three children when she has only two. Fearing his wife may be institutionalized because of her delusional disorder, her husband goes along with this charade as though it is perfectly normal. The 10-year-old daughter assists her father in facilitating the delusion. The youngest child seems to really believe that he has a sister named "Maggie." They hire a nanny who initially goes along with the family's unusual situation, but she becomes concerned about the effects on the real children and reports the family to child protective services.

A legal battle ensues, ending in victory for the family. It is also revealed that the real children were not harmed by pretending about "Maggie." In the middle of the movie, the husband explains that he tried to take his wife to the best psychologists in town, who told him that she was mentally ill and would have to go to an institution. He didn't want that to happen, so he went along with the ruse for five years.

One night, his wife hears him carrying on a conversation with "Maggie," and the next morning she states that "Maggie" has died. Apparently, hearing the aforementioned conversation helps the wife out of her mental illness and allows her to finally let go of her imaginary child.

References

Invisible Child Wikipedia
Invisible Child IMDb Invisible Child themoviedb.org


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