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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In the original novel by Margaret Atwood
, the main character is known only by her patronymic, "Offred" (or "of Fred," since she "belongs" to a Commander named Fred). Her real name is never revealed, though many readers believe it may be June, based on various subtle hints in the text (in a 2017 article for the "New York Times Book Review", Atwood says about the interpretation that Offred's real name was June, "that was not my original thought, but it fits, so readers are welcome to it if they wish".) However, the filmmakers chose Kate as her pre-Gileadean name, and state it clearly. See more
The clock chimes 10 as Offred enters the Commander's office for the last time, but the clock seen on the wall behind her in the next few shots shows several minutes past 10 and in a close-up has gone back a few minutes. See more
I'll distract them. Run!
Referenced in The Staircase
Written by Les Rita Mitsouko
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
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