jonbly wrote:8/10 - Best of the Ketchum adaptations to date. Struggling to believe in some of the characters as usual, though.
Wolfshade wrote:As Jack Ketchum adaptions go, I preferred it to the awful Girl Next Door, but I thought The Lost was better than this.
It built up very well and got slowly more and more disturbing, but I think it lost it a bit at the end, the father figure had been very controlled with his domination and abuse of the wife, but the way he suddenly attacks and kills the school teacher as soon a he senses the slightest tension didn't seem believable, also the chained up "dog girl" in the garage was just bizarre and didn't really work. Extremely surreal ending to the film, whole thing left me a bit "ummmm?", probably a film you need to watch more than once to fully appreciate, but I doubt I'll give it a second time.
The Soapmaker wrote:I didn't find the "message" of the film particularly powerful.... I also couldn't really see why anyone would regard it as especially controversial or misogynistic. I don't think it's making any kind of point about men or women in general, it's just a story portraying a very particular group of (fictional) characters and (fairly unlikely) events. It's pretty obvious that the only "monsters" on display here are both male, and they're certainly not portrayed as sympathetic characters in any way.
I found The Girl Next Door more disturbing - and unpleasant - because it showed a much larger group of people being aware of, and observing, abuse.... and doing nothing about it.
"Controversy" apart, I think as a film The Woman is a highly impressive piece of work.
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