Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he's going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt of his anger. During the 18 year course of their marriage, there are at least 8 incidents of physical abuse and countless of mental. Charlotte's family and friends tell her to leave John but she keeps going back, most likely because he has convinced her that she would be nothing without him. It finally explodes in a big divorce battle balancing on the cases of abuse.Written by
Although this movie was already 26 years old when I first saw it, I felt that it was very pertinent to misconceptions of Domestic Violence, today. Movies like this one, and the whole VAWA implies that women generally have bad judgment in domestic relationships and are prone to preserve violent sexual involvement. Lindsay Wagner did a super job portraying Charlotte Fedders a women who obviously misunderstood traditional religious principles and suffered from low self esteem. Michael Nouri carried off the role of John Fedders very well. He makes it easy to believe how women can fall for the stereotypical demoniac male and choose to have children with them.
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