Cham’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow, this was fantastic!
Abel Ferrara is one of my very favorite directors. I haven’t seen all of his films but everything I have seen has been at least interesting and daring. I love a director who sees the world as unforgiving and brutal (maybe New York specifically). I hadn’t seen his rape revenge movie yet, and I’m happy to say it’s one of his best.
As rape revenge movies go this is a completely different beast than something like I Spit on Your Grave. The rapes aren’t lingered on and drawn out (they’re still not pleasant of course). 20 minutes in and she’s already sawing up a rapist and dissolving his body in the bathtub. This is a grindhouse movie but it treats its topic seriously. It’s also pretty surprising and unpredictable for this kind of movie.
Zoe Temerlis gives an amazing performance as the mute girl. She never did get that first creepy rapist played by Abel, did she?