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    Subject: Re: Tape dont read if u haven't seen it
    Date: Aug 12, 2003
    Sender: kellbellePrevious

    i just watched this movie today and basicaly i thought it rocked, but with subtlety =).in fact i didnt even really think about the fact that there were only 3 ppl (most of the time only 2) in the dank-looking hotel room until the credits rolled. The subtlety of most of the film created a great contrast for the more climactic scenes. I also loved that wut i thought to be the major pivotal scene was not wut it appeared: Johnny admits to having raped Vince's ex-girlfriend (Amy) in high school after a long (but not annoyingly so), increasingly dramatic discussion. Vince has secretly been recording this on tape (hence the title. But the true "moment" is when Amy meetsthem at the hotel and after some tense moments Johnny apologizes. At first Amy seems confused; you might think that her mind protectively blanked out on that part of her life. But as the conversation continues this idea is put into question. Another interesting questions come up: Why is it up to Johnny to say that it was rape? In a good dramatic turn,the movie's ending leaves you with these questions unanswered

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    I tried to see this movie at the Vancouver Film Festival last fall, but it was sold out twice, for a good reason. It is strong stuff. Strong in terms of the subject matter (rape and the denial of it), and strong in terms of script, acting and camera. Two breath taking hours go by before you know it. What I got out of it: denial to face the uncomfortable truth is like a solid brick wall. To tear it down requires immense effort, or, like in this movie, persistence, intelligence and wit. Once the armor has been cracked and the truth has been spelled out, the real vulnerable person comes to the surface. In the end all involved are closer to who they really are. A painful struggle, and one very close to home. Because who of us is not in denial and fights to stay blind? Don't do it. (Thanks for your enticing review, David.)

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  • Tape   from dorothea, Jul 24, 2002
  • » Re: Tape dont read if u haven't seen it «   from kellbelle, Aug 12, 2003
  • Tape   from dorothea, Jul 24, 2002
  • » Re: Tape dont read if u haven't seen it «   from kellbelle, Aug 12, 2003