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.
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Did You Know?
The repressive theocratic regime that has taken over the U.S. in this movie (and its source novel) is called "The Republic of Gilead". Gilead is a place (or maybe several places) mentioned repeatedly in the Bible (first in Genesis 31:23), as a geographic location and the source of a figurative or literal "balm" (curative or healing substance). Based on those constant Bible references, there is a well-known spiritual, "There is a Balm in Gilead", that is in the hymnals of many Christian denominations, and in the book, Offred remembers the hymn, and makes a joke to herself about it ("There is a bomb in Gilead"). See more
When Kate goes into Nick's apartment for the first time, she hangs her coat on the coat rack but in the next shot it's shown hanging over the back of a chair. See more
In the days of evil and anarchy you had freedom to, now you are granted freedom from. Don't underrate it.
Written by Les Rita Mitsouko
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
Published by Additions Virgin Musique
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