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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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Marleen Gorris

Writer:

Marleen Gorris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Huisfrouw
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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Storyline

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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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

18 February 1982 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Question of Silence See more »

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Production Co:

Sigma Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Powerful and challenging
5 August 2001 | by portobellobelleSee all my reviews

Very powerful and thoughtful. Much superior to Gorris' more-acclaimed Antonia's Line, in my opinion. This film has none of the cutesiness of Antonia but all of the thoughtfulness and thematic weight. The theme is a subtle examination of the roles of men and women in Dutch society, and I guess it could apply to many societies. The film has a viewpoint, but it problematizes and complicates matters so that it's impossible for the viewer to blindly accept that viewpoint. It examines SUBTLE discrimination and dehumanization.

The only frustration I had was the fact that the copy I viewed did not give subtitles to a lot of the dialogue--e.g., a woman listens to the radio for about a minute, but non-Dutch speakers (like myself) don't understand any of it, and I'm guessing that with a filmmaker as careful as Gorris, this dialogue is important.


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