Have a little fun, enjoy yourself. Richard ( Kevin Janssens ) had no more plans when he retired to the villa in the desert with the beautiful Jen ( Matilda Lutz ). But when Richard’s friends Stan ( Vincent Colombe ) and Dimitri ( Guillaume Bouchède ) also show up there, a day earlier than planned, the fun is quickly over. Because they also took a liking to Jen. And so one thing leads to another, after a boozy party Jen is raped and is supposed to be disposed of in the nearby canyon. But the three miscalculated a lot, because the supposedly harmless victim turns out to be much tougher – and is now looking for revenge.
When women are raped in films and then take revenge on their tormentors – the good old rape-and-revenge sub-genre – it is mostly little-veiled male fantasies. In several ways. Scarcely clad beauties, huge booms, plus an abundant shedding of blood and ammunition, the predominantly male audience doesn’t need more to have fun. It usually doesn’t get more than that.
At first, Revenge looks like nothing more can be expected here either. Sure, here at the beginning it is for once a good-looking and well-proportioned specimen of man who is allowed to do the maiden’s laundry. As soon as it comes to the rape, however, the somewhat unsavory variant is given priority again. In other words, a man who really only gets what he thinks is due by force. If Jen tries to evade this, it is no more surprising than the violent reactions that the incident provokes.
And yet the thriller, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 , is a little different from its peers. The most noticeable and most frequently mentioned difference: Revenge comes from a woman. More precisely, it is the French Coralie Fargeat , who celebrates her debut as a director and screenwriter here. The film was therefore celebrated as a feminist variant of the rape and revenge thriller, comparable to the western Marlina – The Murderer in Four Acts by Indonesian colleague Mouly Surya . Because when a woman turns something like that, it automatically has a different meaning.
But also the audience, who don’t know anything about this specialty or who maybe don’t care, should notice that some things are different here. For one thing, there is a lot more to Jen than a pretty bum that she can squeeze into tight clothes. On the other hand, Fargeat does not shy away from degrading the men in the film to an object as well. Richard in particular is allowed to demonstrate his muscular body, to demonstrate for a long time, under equally voyeuristic and absurd conditions.
But some things are absurd here. From the supposedly fatal incident that Jen inexplicably survived to the grandiose finale that really doesn’t make any sense – you are never quite sure whether Revenge is making fun of the audience or old genre clichés want. If not both. The contribution of Fantasy Filmfest Nights 2018 is also a real eye-catcher for other reasons: In its debut, Fargeat shows a sense of style that makes a large part of the competition pale – regardless of gender. Whether it’s the high-contrast images or the atmospheric synth score, the thriller is also a guilty pleasure audiovisually, which does not revolutionize the genre, but is a lot of fun.
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