REVIEW FOR DEATH AND THE MAIDEN - A FILM BY ROMAN POLANSKI
Ariel Dorfman's acclaimed play of the same name serves as the basis of Roman Polanski's drama, which depicts a politically and psychologically complex battle of wills amongst three characters in an unnamed South American country.
The trio in question is made up of Paulina (Sigourney Weaver), her husband Gerardo (Stuart Wilson), and Dr. Miranda (Ben Kingsley), a seemingly friendly stranger who provided Gerardo with a ride home when his car broke down. The trouble begins when Paulina claims to recognize Miranda's voice, and accuses him of being the unseen doctor who had subjected her to horrific torture during her days as a prisoner of the country's former government.
Miranda, flabbergasted, denies any knowledge of such events, but Paulina is determines to have her revenge. The uncertain Gerardo is caught in the middle, forced to decide if his wife is telling the truth or reacting irrationally due to her past trauma. The confrontation and shifts in power between the three inevitably raises issues of justice and revenge, especially in relationship to the punishment of war-criminals.
The film is being screened on the 28th of March at Sarathi Studios. Please contact Prakash Reddy of Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841, 93910-20243 for further details.