Soaking the revenge thriller in a strikingly hypnotic style, writer/director Coralie Fargeat’s intense feature debut blasts apart genre conventions with a fiery feminist take on power and violence. Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his male sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly–and viciously–intensifies, culminating in a shocking act of violence.
“A beautiful, brutal revelation in French horror … astonishing and subversive.” – Britt Hayes, Screen Crush
Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge. And while the men try to sweep their horrific attack under the rug, they are about to learn that Jen has some very nasty surprises in store for them – surprises that will leave a tidal wave of gore in her wake. A stunningly photographed, white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, Revenge gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre. (Dir. by Coralie Fargeat, 2017, France, in English/French with English subtitles, 108 mins., Rated R)