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A Question of Silence (1982)
"De stilte rond Christine M." (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 February 1982 (Netherlands)
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Three women, all strangers to each other, meet in a dress boutique. One of the three is approached by the male proprietor as she is shoplifting a garment. When he approaches her the other ... See full summary »

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Edda Barends ...
Huisfrouw
Nelly Frijda ...
Koffiejuffrouw
Henriëtte Tol ...
Secretaresse
Cox Habbema ...
Psychiater
Eddie Brugman ...
Echtgenoot
Hans Croiset ...
Rechter
Erik Plooyer ...
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Anna van Beers
Eric Besseling
Noa Cohen
Kees Coolen ...
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Edgar Danz
Diana Dobbelman ...
Vrouw van Psychiater
Miranda Frijda
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Three women, all strangers to each other, meet in a dress boutique. One of the three is approached by the male proprietor as she is shoplifting a garment. When he approaches her the other two join her in beating the man to death. Other female shoppers ignore the whole situation and leave when the crime is complete. The court appoints a female psychriatrist to examine the women; contrary to public opinion the psychiatrist finds they are not insane but implies the rage expressed by the crime is a result of the male dominated society. An interesting study of extreme behavior. The prisoner's cells were a revelation. Written by Rosemarie Friedman <ezra@postoffice.ptd.net>

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A darn-near masterpiece
22 September 2005 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I'm not even sure if a DVD is available in North America, and if it isn't it would be a tremendous shame. "A Question of Silence" is a tough, rigorous, unsentimental and unblinking examination of justice and is, as another comment observed, a far less mainstream and safe film than Goriss's "Antonia's Line."

For anyone who has even a passing interest in dark, uncompromising work, go out of your way to find this film. It's a little wonky technically and there are perhaps 5 minutes or so of didactic twaddle one wishes the director has discarded in the cutting room- but none of this diminishes from the towering overall achievement.

For anyone whose taste runs to the safe and predictable and who doesn't like being provoked by the films they watch, avoid this one. It's not for you.


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