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A Question of Silence (1982)

De stilte rond Christine M. (original title)
When three women with no previous acquaintance kill a male shopkeeper in the middle of the day, the female psychiatrist assigned to the case sets out to understand why.

Director:

Marleen Gorris

Writer:

Marleen Gorris
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Huisvrouw
Nelly Frijda Nelly Frijda ... Koffiejuffrouw
Henriëtte Tol Henriëtte Tol ... Secretaresse
Cox Habbema Cox Habbema ... Psychiater
Eddie Brugman Eddie Brugman ... Echtgenoot
Hans Croiset Hans Croiset ... Rechter
Erik Plooyer Erik Plooyer ... Officier van Justitie
Anna van Beers Anna van Beers
Eric Besseling Eric Besseling
Noa Cohen Noa Cohen
Kees Coolen Kees Coolen ... Inspecteur
Edgar Danz Edgar Danz
Diana Dobbelman Diana Dobbelman ... Vrouw van Psychiater
Miranda Frijda Miranda Frijda
Frederik de Groot
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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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20 May 2005 | by kariannesSee all my reviews

Ususally "the system (Man)" would pass judgement on criminals however in this case a women was brought in, one that knows the truth of their experience. Male/Female relations and the use of power/violence were clearly in the air at the time. A brief look at the Oscars from 1982: Best Pic/Act: Gandhi (Kingsley)- advocating the dream of peace and equality but a dream that fails, B. Actress: Streep in Sopie's Choice - a woman who is strong enough to survive the Nazis but it's the man in her life afterward that drives everything. Best Supp. Actor: Gossett Jr. for Officer & a Gentleman: who talks about the local girls who will do anything to get pregnant to "catch" a cadet so they should keep it in their pants and the MOTHER OF ALL MOTHERs of 1982 Male/Female issue movies nominated for Picture, Director, Actor, and WON (Lange) for Supp. Actress - TOOTSIE. Time to get Tootsie together with these 3 ladies.

For those of you seeing this movie for the first time, remember that this movie was made 23 years ago. A small low budget Dutch film about 3 women, strangers brought together by chance, uniting to protect the dignity of 1 and in doing so finding an outlet for their own personal rage in the unplanned murder of a man. Understanding glances pass to each set of eyes in the room - all women, and they depart the store. In silence.

Viewers are crying that Mr. Tough would never have let 3 women beat him up let alone kill him. Newsflash: me and two friends? Maybe not the linebacker of your local football team, but otherwise any shopkeeper in this city is going down. Others make inaccurate and disrespectful political references (i.e., there was no fever pitch mob, no gov't promotion of ideals or action). Also, this movie was made at the start of the Twinkie trial defense era. Now we have road rage, get drunk and you can run over people with no jail time and god knows what else. It has proved to be a foretelling.

In general things hyperbolic to fully lay things out, focusing on the evaluation and on the past. It is not the "crime" that is requiring "reform", it the their daily grind that is the problem and need fixing. They are put on trial for the viewer, their lives laid out, but the viewer must decide what's right or wrong for them, but for all conduct between genders in their own contact. Hopefully people will learn to whistle a little less and listen a listen more!


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Netherlands

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Release Date:

18 February 1982 (Netherlands) See more »

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NLG300,000 (estimated)
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