A Question Of Silence (1982)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  De Stilte Rond Christine M.

The Netherlands, 1982.  .  Screenplay by Marleen Gorris.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by ,.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Stunning political thriller with a feminist bent, this is one of the first films to make Marleen Gorris (Antonia’s Line) internationally known. A female lawyer is given the case of a lifetime when she defends three women who, all together in a fit of frustration, murdered a snooty department store clerk who patronized them in a way they did not appreciate.

It might sound humorous in the description, but the film makes ample use of the opportunity to explore gender-related social issues and bring these women’s innermost fears and conflicts to light. It’s also a fascinating courtroom drama that will keep you glued to your seat until its slyly rhetorical ending. The performances are all unforgettable, the direction superb.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1982


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