Set in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid. The job of a Handmaid is to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless group training by Aunt Lydia in the proper way to behave, Kate is assigned as Handmaid to the Commander. Kate is attracted to Nick, the Commander's chauffeur. At the same time, a resistance movement begins to challenge the regime. Written by
Branded: Sold: Controlled
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Jamie Portman has cited lead actress Natasha Richardson
's retrospective viewpoint on the picture's screenplay by Harold Pinter
for for the CanWest News Service by stating: "Richardson recognized early on the difficulties in making a film out of a book which was 'so much a one-woman interior monologue' and with the challenge of playing a woman unable to convey her feelings to the world about her, but who must make them evident to the audience watching the movie . . . She thought the passages of voice-over narration in the original screenplay would solve the problem, but then Pinter changed his mind and Richardson felt she had been cast adrift . . . Harold Pinter
has something specific against voice-overs'. she said angrily nineteen years ago, 'speaking as a member of an audience, I've seen voice-over and narration work very well in films a number of times, and I think it would have been helpful had it been there for The Handmaid's Tale. After all it's her story . . . In the end director Volker Schlöndorff
sided with Richardson". The Wikipedia website states: "Portman does not acknowledge Pinter's already-quoted account that he gave both Schlondorff and [source novelist Margaret] Atwood 'carte blanche' to make whatever changes they wanted to his script because he was too 'exhausted' from the experience to work further on it. In 1990, when she reportedly made her comments quoted by Portman, Richardson herself may not have known that". See more
A man is giving a speech denouncing women. He lists one of their sins as "test-tube babies" (on the soundtrack), but his mouth is clearly saying something else. See more
Oh God, make me fruitful.
Written by Septimus Winner
as Alice Hawthorne See more