Writer-director Coralie Fargeat's stunning feminist revenge thriller begins when a young woman's romantic weekend getaway with her boyfriend turns dark after his sleazy cronies arrive for a hunting trip, but she transforms from timid to totally badass, hunting them down in an adrenaline-fueled bloodbath.
French Director Coralie Fargeat's Revenge is a rape payback thriller told through the female gaze. Fargeat's first feature film is heavy on style while not relinquishing its substance; with awareness of the sexual politics at play when men are both responsible for and complicit in the sexual brutalization of a woman, the director takes us on a tables-have-turned bloodbath massacre focused on obliterating the abusers. Jen (Matilda Lutz) arrives by helicopter to enjoy a private weekend away with her millionaire boyfriend, Richard (Kevin Janssens), at his isolated desert mansion. After some initial fun, two of Richard's friends (Vincent Columbe and Guillaume Bouchede) make a surprise visit, wanting to party and go hunting. Jen's sense of discomfort quickly rises, and rightly so, as she is eventually attacked and left for dead. Jen, however, can't be stopped, and she plays a cat-and-mouse game with her attackers that leaves the audience rooting for her at every turn. Cinematographer Robrecht Heyvaert frames wide desert landscapes with vibrant, contrasting colors, but make no mistake: As Jen exacts her revenge on the men, the camera's unblinking attention on carnage makes it hard not to look away. Part grindhouse throwback, part New French Extremity horror, Revenge is an adrenaline-filled homage to take-no-prisoners female badassness.
Student of the esteemed Parisian film school Le Femis, Coralie Fargeat aims to create a certain discomfort in her cinematography. In this way ,she best conveys feelings and emotions through a certain enveloping atmosphere for the audience. She is also working to expand the range of French cinema by incorporating certain genre techniques never seen before in the industry.
Sponsored by Scarecrow Video, Sponsor-A-Film: Thomas Zimmerman
- Director: Coralie Fargeat
- Principal Cast: Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède, Jean-Louis Tribes
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 108 minutes
- Producer: Marc-Etienne Schwartz, Jean-Yves Robin, Marc Stanimirovic
- Screenplay: Coralie Fargeat
- Cinematographers: Robrecht Heyvaert
- Editors: Jerome Eltabet, Coralie Fargeat, Bruno Safar
- Music: Robin Coudert
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English, French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Neon / Shudder AMC Networks
- International Sales: Charades