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A Question of Silence (1982)

De stilte rond Christine M. (original title)
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 ...
Officier van Justitie
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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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This is a film about power, domination and oppression.
6 May 2000 | by (Washington, DC, USA) – See all my reviews

To call this movie hate literature is one thing, but the analogy used referencing Jews and Nazis is completely not applicable here. This is a film about power, domination, and oppression, all three of which men exercise over women in our society. One would have to live in a bubble to say that Jews hold the same position over non-Jews or Nazis (or did pre-WWII)! As a Jew, I find your comment mildly offensive, and as a man (while it is always difficult to recognize one's privilege), I find this film to be an amazing critique of patriarchy. While murder may not be the solution, this film shows the extraordinary way in which 3 women who have been beaten down their whole lives (and have nothing to lose) attempt to fight back against an enemy that is unbeatable. The laughter at the end of this film proves just who gets it and who doesn't. PS- I've heard that in some places during the initial screenings of this film, women in the theaters actually broke out in laughter with the women on screen during the court scene....


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