Collins stars as 20-year-old Ellen, who is battling anorexia and told that she might not have too much longer to live if she doesn’t find a treatment that works. Her biggest hope comes from a new rehabilitation center led by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves), who has a unique plan to treat the disease. The film, which premieres on Netflix July 14, gives a gritty and realistic view into the lives of those struggling with eating disorders.
“What I’m trying to do is bring understanding and compassion to an issue that touches way more people than we realize,” director Marti Noxon told EW back at Sundance. “And I want more people to talk about how much food and body image affect men and women and keep us from loving the moment we’re in.”
Collins herself has spoken out about battling an eating disorder in high school, making the role extremely personal. “I saw it as an opportunity for me to start a conversation with young people about a topic that is considered so taboo nowadays but is becoming more and more prevalent. The second you speak up and admit something, you realize that you’re not alone. The amount of people that come forward is staggering,” she told, InStyle.
“It was interesting for me to step back into those shoes 10 years later with a greater understanding of why it happened to me then and why I chose to put myself through it."
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.