‘Revenge’ Review: A Brutal Revelation in French Horror
The rape-revenge sub-genre has grown tedious and tiresome. There is nothing particularly novel or clever about these films, which almost always present the male perspective of a woman’s sexual trauma and envision her enacting some grotesque revenge fantasy. That’s a huge narrative (and social) liberty to take with something as serious as sexual violence, and the prospect of sitting through yet another rape-revenge movie directed by some white dude is an exhausting one. So it was intriguing, and somewhat exciting, to learn that Revenge was written and directed by a woman.