A Question of Silence

Three strangers brutally murder the inoffensive manager of an Amsterdam boutique, but the case is less straightforward than it seems. Told in flashback via the investigation of a criminal psychiatrist brought in to certify insanity, the film convincingly shows the motive behind the killing as intolerable male oppression of various kinds, the twist in this thriller/courtroom drama being that the muggers - and their psychiatrist - are very ordinary women and their victim a man. The story is told with an astonishing assurance and visual flair that belie the small budget and debutant director Gorris' lack of experience. Her feminism is uncompromising, but of a disarmingly undogmatic kind. The result is at once accessible and deeply unsettling: the upbeat ending, for instance, has the male way of looking at the world literally laughed out of court, with a cathartic laughter that explodes out of the women's earlier silent isolation, and goes on echoing long after the film is over.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Marleen Gorris
Screenwriter: Marleen Gorris
Cast: Edda Barends
Nelly Frijda
Henriette Tol
Cox Habbema
Eddy Brugman
Hans Croiset

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Dutchie

An awesome film. Being Dutch I cannot believe I had to come to the UK to find out about this film. I simply loved it... Am planning to see more Marleen Gorris soon! When is this festival?

Dutchie

An awesome film. Being Dutch I cannot believe I had to come to the UK to find out about this film. I simply loved it... Am planning to see more Marleen Gorris soon! When is this festival?

Londoner

Awesome, important film. Can't wait to see it being screened in its 30th anniversary year at the London Feminist Film Festival this November! Marleen Gorris rocks!

Londoner

Awesome, important film. Can't wait to see it being screened in its 30th anniversary year at the London Feminist Film Festival this November! Marleen Gorris rocks!