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 »
great thriller (for Dutch standards)
Stille Nacht, which means "Quiet Night" is an excellent Dutch thriller. Loosely based on true events, it tells the story of 5 female student friends who intend to hunt down a serial rapist with a taste for female students biking alone in dark woods. They pursue their goal with great vigor (the police is invisible here) and quickly have a large list of eligible rapists. The movie is a combination of a psychological whodunit combined with classic (Blair Witch-like) horror scenes. The overall acting of the young female actors is a bit stiff initially but gets better as the movie develops. Although this movie makes a clear anti-man statement it is not over-the-top and quite understandable if you identify with the girls.
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