Mourir à tue-tête (1979)
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The movie shares the feeling of the women who suffer rape and the consequence. It is very shocking. And the vision is not limited in Quebec but also the world. Not only the Quebecoise suffers the sexual violence but also the women in Africa, in France, and in Vietnam. What is the worst is the consequence of the rape and the social ignorance of the protection for victim.
It is a fictional documentary but it is even more convinced and powerful than documentary itself. The filmmaker is very smart and skillful to present many aspects in such a limited space. Most of the victims keep silent because they feel ashamed of themselves. That is one of the reasons why seldom people understand them and thus can help them. This film offers a space for victim to speak out their feeling and also for audience to know about the violence and its consequence.
It is one of my favorite films.
In sum, this film is all over the place, using subjective camera techniques to create a high- impact sense of violent sexaul assault by a man, then pulling back to present the female filmmakers discussing the scene in clinical terms, then jumping into classic documentary propaganda technique, before immersing itself in stylized theatrical scenes of women describing rape in ultimate terms (the crime is worse than war victims, we are informed), before going back into the fictional realism that started the movie -- adroitly mirroring the image of the lead female after being raped with an image of her after her male partner tries to make love to her a few weeks later. Then an additonal mirroring image is used to reinforce the message that this woman is defined by rape in life, and then she kills herself. But even then it is not over for the viewer - a message about women wearing whistles is followed by whistle sounds emanating from every nook and cranny in society, before they are sonically married with sounds of war sirens to drive home the message that rape is everywhere and the situation is a state of siege.
This film may well be anti-male -- the rapist's statement that when he was 13 he and his buddies wanted to and tried to rape a girl proves that -- but it is also anti-female.