Basically, this topic is often raised in the porn industry, but they shoot scenes of rape there in a special style, and their purpose is utilitarian. But in artistic, special, auteur cinema, this topic is approached in a completely different way, solving the creative tasks of filmmakers. For some films from our selection, such scenes turn out to be key in general. We will refrain from evaluating them, just list them and remember how professional criticism reacted to them.
“Woman’s Day”, 1978
Another name for the film is “I Spit on Your Graves”, although it is not an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Vernon Sullivan (Boris Vian’s pseudonym).
Almost the entire film is a series of monstrous scenes of violence in one form or another. The shocking naturalism is enhanced by the lack of a soundtrack.
According to the plot, the young writer Jennifer comes to the wilderness to finish the novel, but there she is attacked by a group of friends and the girl becomes a victim of gang rape. The scene in the film is shown not only naturalistically, but almost nauseatingly. Jennifer is covered in blood and mud. Freed, Jennifer decides to take revenge on her offenders and implements this plan with brilliance.
The scene of rape is a key episode of the film “Day of the Woman”
The film’s budget was microscopic, and it received mostly negative reviews from critics. Critic Roger Ebert called it a “bag of garbage” and admitted that watching the film was one of the “most depressing experiences” of his life.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011
The main character of the film, hacker Lisbeth Salander, has a mental disorder, because of which she cannot live alone, but is forced to be under the control of her guardian all the time. When her first caregiver had a heart attack, she was assigned a lawyer, Nils Bjurman, who tries to control her life.
One day, when Lisbeth asks him for a computer, he promises to fulfill her request in exchange for a blowjob. It’s a very tense, though thankfully short scene. The second time she comes to him for money, and then Nils Bjurman forces the girl to hard anal sex, in fact, rape.
Pain, hopelessness, despair – such feelings cover the viewer who witnessed the scene of rape in the movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Partially, the viewer watches the scene from behind a closed door, so that only monstrous screams reach him, but then the camera pans to Lisbeth, bound and chained to the bed. The creepiest thing about this scene is the horrible, bestial screams of the victim and the way the girl struggles in bed, trying to free herself. She later rapes him in return.
The film was received positively by critics.
“Last Tango in Paris”, 1972
“You are afraid?” – He asks, the hero of the famous Marlon Brando.
“No,” answers She, Maria Schneider, who at that time was only 19 years old. But Bertolucci wanted her to be afraid, to be truly afraid of violence.
“Marlon told me, ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie.’ But during the scene, despite the fact that the actions of Marlon were within the framework of the acting game, I cried for real, ”the actress said in 2007.
The scene of rape in this movie is terrible precisely because the actress was not aware that the director of the film and the partner in the frame came up with the idea of adding such an episode to the script. Her terror and helplessness were real. Filming in “Last Tango” deprived the young woman of peace of mind and ultimately destroyed her budding career.
“Requiem for a Dream”, 2000
Actually, this film was supposed to be disgusting – it was intended to show the horror of drug addiction. At the end of the film, one of the main characters, Marion (the role of Jennifer Connelly), to get a dose, for the amusement of the public, participates in a staged porn show with elements of rape by another woman.
The film “Requiem for a Dream” has some theatrical effects, and the nauseating rape scene of the main character does not break out of this style.
The French film starring Monica Bellucci leaves a very depressing impression. The film consists of 13 scenes that unfold in reverse chronological order.
The camera relentlessly follows the character of Bellucci, whose name is Alex, as if we were walking at a distance of a couple of steps from her. Together with her, we descend into a red-lit pedestrian crossing that swallows the sounds from the street. Only the sound of heels is heard. Alex sees how an unfamiliar man suddenly suddenly attacks his companion, but does not dare to intervene.
The rape scene from the beginning of “Irreversible” is unequivocally recognized as the most brutal in cinema
And the attention of the aggressor is already switched to Alex. A frank rape scene in a movie lasts 9 minutes, and all these 9 minutes the viewer sees the scene without cuts, as if in real time.
“Rob Roy”, 1995
An excellent historical film with an excellent cast – Liam Neeson, Tim Roth, Jessica Lange. The last two are involved in the scene when the assistant of the local feudal lord Archibald Cunningham comes to Rob Roy’s house to arrest him for non-payment of a debt. But only Robert’s wife, Marie, is at home, and Cunningham rapes her to provoke his adversary. Due to the fact that Marie is a decent and modest woman, and Cunningham is a scoundrel and the last bastard, the rape scene is very hard to watch.
“The Handmaid’s Tale”, series, on the air since 2017
Handmaids, according to the rhetoric of this reality, invented by Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, serve a biblical purpose – they are called to revive the human race and give children to the best families of Gilead – a fictional state from a totalitarian future, where only a few women remain fertile.
Violence, including sexual violence, becomes a regular part of the lives of the inhabitants of Gilead
The rape scene of the main character is all the more terrible because it is shown to the viewer as a familiar daily routine. Before the “ritual” they pray, and while the man is raping the maid, she lies on his wife’s lap, not expressing any protest or any other emotions.
“In the land of blood and honey”, 2011
Angelina Jolie’s gloomy film about the war in the Balkans: Serbs massacre Bosnians. A Serb officer lines up the captured Bosnian women and asks who can do what. One pretty girl with beautiful lush hair readily replies that she knows how to sew – apparently, she hopes that she will somehow be distinguished from the rest. But the officer suddenly asks: “Do you know how to fuck?” and then, in front of everyone, he rapes her. The scene of the rape of girls, the director shows that in the war no one is interested in a person, life is worth nothing and a person is nothing.
“13 Reasons Why”, 2017 – 2020
In a teen drama, rape scenes are revealed to set off a chain reaction of tragic events.
The series is about the problems that teenagers of all times have faced daily: bullying, violence, ridicule. The film features two scenes of girls being raped by the same character – Bryce, the most popular and powerful guy in the school where the action takes place. The first is over Jessica, who was too drunk to resist, and the second is over the main character Hannah, who tried to escape but failed.
“Game of Thrones”, 2011 – 2019
Yes, every scene in this series is rape, but one of the most unbearable episodes can be called the moment when Sansa Stark, to which the viewer managed to stick with all his heart, falls into the clutches of a pervert and sadist Ramsey Bolton and is forced to marry him . The psychopath not only brutally rapes her on her wedding night, but also forces Theon Greyjoy to watch it. Theon is castrated by Ramsey, his will is completely broken, he responds to the nickname Stinky. We don’t see the full scene of the rape of Sever’s daughter – only the face of Stinky, forced to witness the horror that happens to the girl he grew up with.