The young woman Laura Fischer has a session with a psychologist. The session begins with Laura telling that after two years of successive rapes of female students riding bicycles in the ...
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The young woman Laura Fischer has a session with a psychologist. The session begins with Laura telling that after two years of successive rapes of female students riding bicycles in the woods nearby the campus of the college where she studied, the student Emma Machielsen forms a committee with Josien Schippers, Marieke Kopermode, Bonnie Javoer and her to discuss a possible solution with the dean. However, the dean claims that he has no budget to improve the security and could only afford to provide three buses for the students. The girls decide to bike through the woods together in convoy, but when Marieke is late, they leave her alone in the campus. She decides to cross the woods alone, and the serial rapist rapes her. Her friends decide to investigate the crimes by themselves and they prepare a list of possible rapists, leading the group to a tragic consequence.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The film is based on the case of the Utrecht series rapist (a series of sexual offenses in and around the Dutch city of Utrecht between 1995 and 2001). The case became known through a long-term active search for the perpetrator. After a bicycle theft in 2014, a suspect was arrested using DNA research. He was suspected of 22 offenses but only in four cases was the evidence hard enough for a lawsuit. He didn't confess and invoked his right to remain silent. At first instance in 2016, the court found the defendant guilty of four rape cases. He was sentenced to a prison sentence of sixteen years. In the appeal the penalty remained unchanged. See more »
What keeps this movie going, to my mind, is the excellent performance of the actresses who all play very well, Victoria Koblenko being the most convincing. As for the story - there are so many holes in it I cant even begin to list them. Not only does the actual story make no sense, the development of the characters is strange and unexplained. To name but a few: Why is the "storyteller" visiting the psychiatrist really, I mean, what is her inner motive? Why should she say that, looking back on it, it is logical Josefien should have that idea? Locations and atmosphere are generally good, with a less few exceptions, actors perform well and there is an element of suspense. Should they have taken the trouble to add a better story it could have been a great film (for Dutch standards anyway) - now it's just not a bad film.
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