A young American woman (Sydne Rome) traveling through Italy finds herself in a strange Mediterranean villa where nothing seems right. Her visit becomes an absurd, decadent, oversexed ... See full summary »
Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past.Written by
Henry G. Herron <email@example.com>
The original Broadway production of "Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City on March 17, 1992, after having thirty-three previews, which started on February 18, about a month earlier. The play ran there for one hundred fifty-nine performances until it closed on August 2 of the same year. It was directed by Mike Nichols and starred Glenn Close, Gene Hackman, and Richard Dreyfuss. None of these four cast and crew from the Broadway stage production worked on this movie adaptation. See more »
Dr. Miranda's moustache changes inconsistently throughout the movie. See more »
This movie, Death and the Maiden, is a remarkable production given that it is a stage drama put on film. There is virtually only one set. The actors are incredible. You never lose the essence of the Director, Roman Polanski. Your interest never wanes in this thriller. Sigourney Weaver is outstanding. She is shattered by her initial confrontation with her torturer, Ben Kingsley. And then her recalling of the atrocities at his hands gives her tremendous strength, the strength of a tiger. The climax is unsettling but proves the virtue of forgiveness and acceptance even with extreme misgivings. This is a movie that stays in your memory. Kudos to all concerned.
24 of 28 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this