Death And The Maiden (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/USA/France, 1994.  Fine Line Features, , Channel Four Films, , Canal+, Les Films de l’Astre, TF1 Films Production.  Screenplay by , Roman Polanski, based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Independent Spirit Awards 1994.  

Sigourney Weaver‘s awe-inspiring personality rules this exciting adaptation of the hit play of the same name, in which she and husband live peacefully in a secluded home in an unnamed South American country. When Wilson brings a stranded business associate (Ben Kingsley) home for dinner, she immediately recognizes him as the man who severely beat and tortured her as a political adversary during her university days. She only has his voice to go on, but she insists against her victim’s protests and her husband’s bewilderment that she is not mistaken. Then she decides to enact an entire night of excruciating revenge. Terrific, claustrophobic drama, the best Polanski film in years until The Pianist came along.

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