Caked in blackening blood and punctuated by girlish flares like a pretty pink star earring, writer/director Coralie Fargeat’s feature debut Revenge is a jaw-dropping thriller that’s both nail-bitingly brutal and fiercely feminist. Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz stars as an aspiring actress whose hard-partying weekend with her rich, married beau turns deadly, then becomes a warning shot at all men missing the lessons of the Me Too movement.
Revenge begins with Jen (Lutz) and Richard (Kevin Janssens) arriving by helicopter to his far-flung vacation house. Isolated on the edge of a beautiful and barren desert, this is the perfect place for lustful trysts. And they are picture-perfect lovers for it, each with a fit and tan body, he with a strong jaw, she with plump lips wrapped around a suggestive pink lollipop. But not long after their consensual romp, Jen is surprised by the unexpected arrival of Richard’s brutish hunting buddies, who leer at her body with a naked hunger. After a night of drinking and dancing, the lascivious Stan (Vincent Colombe) will isolate and rape Jen. When Richard finds out, his shock quickly gives way to a drive to cover it all up. After all, these men have lives that could be ruined. And what did she expect, being so beautiful while female?
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