Death and the Maiden

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Time Out says

In a newly democratised South American country, Escobar (Wilson) heads a commission investigating the abuse of political prisoners. One such prisoner was his wife Paulina (Weaver). When one night Escobar comes home late, having been given a lift by seemingly liberal Dr Miranda (Kingsley), Paulina is convinced that their guest is the tormentor who 15 year ago subjected her to sexual humiliation and violence. Escobar feels duty-bound to defend the stranger from the woman he loves, but who may be lying, even insane. In filming Ariel Dorfman's adaptation of his own stage hit, Polanski wisely never opens out the action from the remote clifftop house. In keeping things claustrophobic, close-up and ambivalent, he heightens the suspense (not to mention the sexual tension) and allows for a fluent, lucid exploration of notions of justice, responsibility, forgiveness, and corruption by power. At the same time, the three powerful, sensitively nuanced performances ensure that the characters never become mere mouthpieces for an ethical enquiry.
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Release details

UK release:

1994

Duration:

103 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Krystia Mova, Stuart Wilson, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley

Screenwriter:

Ariel Dorfman, Raphael Iglesias

Cinematography:

Tonino Delli Colli

Music:

Wojciech Kilar

Production Designer:

Pierre Guffroy

Director:

Roman Polanski

Producer:

Josh Kramer, Thom Mount

Editor:

Hervé de Luze

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