Madeleine (Christina Lindberg) is mute since being raped as a child. One day, she leaves the family farm and follows a man who seemingly can’t stop talking to the city. As you might’ve guessed, it doesn’t end well. The man, Tony (Heinz Hopf), is a pimp who forces Madeleine into prostitution and heroin addiction. After at first refusing, Madeleine soon has her mind changed by a scalpel to the eye. Despite the steady heroin supply, Madeleine doesn’t very much like prostitution, and sets out to get her revenge on Tony and the tricks.
Posts Tagged ‘Revenge’
12 Jul 09
In 1974, Meir Zarchi and his eight-year-old daughter were driving to a park when they saw a woman crawl naked out of the bushes. The woman had been raped by two men and Zarchi helped her to the police, where they had the misfortune of running into a singularly unhelpful police officer. It was this episode that inspired Zarchi to write and direct Day of the Woman. While the very fact that Zarchi chose to make a B-movie about rape is exploitative, in its first release, Day of the Woman wasn’t marketed as exploitation and didn’t create much controversy, but went mostly unnoticed. However, the film was re-released in 1980 as I Spit on Your Grave and sold on its, not insubstantial, exploitation trappings.
08 Jul 09
Lady Vengeance is the third and final instalment in Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy. I haven’t seen the previous parts — Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003) — so I will be reviewing this as if it stood alone.
After a gorgeous credits sequence, featuring Vivaldi’s “Ah ch’infelice sempre” — oh, how I love a good harpsichord —, we are introduced to Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young Ae), who has spent the last thirteen years in prison after being forced to confess to the murder of a young boy. The real murderer, Mr. Baek (Choi Min-sik), kidnapped Geum-ja’s daughter to make her confess, and now she wants revenge.