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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Ms .45 (1981)

An early film from Dir. Abel Ferrara that's in the controversial rape/revenge genre, but it's a lot better than most of them tend to be.
Seamstress Thana (Zoë Tamerlis Lund) is mute, unable to call for help while being assaulted and abused during the worst day of her life thus far. In her silent hell, fuelled by fear and frustration, Thana cracks, and with the titular .45 in hand she seeks bloody vengeance on the male population.
From her perspective, every male she meets is sleazy, deserving of at least some kind of punishment. It's a one-sided view, but it successfully places us deep into the abused woman's world, and even though it feels wrong a kind of uneasy sympathy develops.
Interestingly, while the crimes don’t go unnoticed, the police side of things is largely ignored, probably because it would compromise the connection.

3½ bags full out of 5

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