Writer-director Coralie Fargeat’s compelling feature debut reframes the revenge genre’s typical proclivities with a gaze that scrutinises male bodies and foregrounds its protagonist’s transformation into a hardened vehicle of vengeance. It’s a potent gambit, and one that permits its upsetting premise to assume a wry sense of humour as it careens towards a cathartic climax of outrageously bloody retribution and a rather practical use of cling film. Jen arrives at a remote desert villa with her millionaire boy toy for a weekend of romantic frivolity. Things go south quickly when her lover’s unseemly hunting pals show up and make inappropriate advances that escalate into an outright assault.
Debuting French writer-director Coralie Fargeat goes the full grindhouse with flair, channeling a female gaze and a wicked sense of humor into a rape payback thriller that churns a river of blood. Hollywood Reporter
This is the first a series of ongoing events at HOME that forms part of Birds’ Eye View’s new 4 film/5-city Reclaim The Frame Influencers project; a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to build a more balanced film future.
Revenge goes on general release on Fri 18 May.
Join Birds Eye View’s Mia Bays, an Oscar-winning producer (Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh, BAFTA-nominated Scott Walker – 30 Century Man), programme curator Joanna Duncombe of BEV and Dr Kirsty Fairclough of the University of Salford in conversation with each other and the audience after the screening, to frame the film and to offer a space for reflection and discussion.