Norway. Dir. Anja Breien. 1971, 96 mins. 35mm. With Svein Sturla Hungnes, Anne Marie Ottersen, Liv Thorsen, Per Carlson. The young road worker Anders is accused of rape based on circumstantial evidence. Breien, a feminist filmmaker, surprisingly assumes his point of view, circumventing the story of the rape victim. Anders is neither articulate nor familiar with appropriate codes of conduct in court. During the process against him, Anders’s inarticulateness and general awkwardness makes him a victim of character murder and scapegoating. Breien’s first feature film was aimed straight at the injustice in the Norwegian criminal justice system at the time, which recently led a Norwegian film critic to compare Rape to Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation (2011). Rape premiered at Directors Fortnight in Cannes.
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