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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: I Spit On Your Grave

In the mood for love tonight? Want to rent a movie for you and your boo to share some "we" time with for the evening? Well how about this one? It's about girl who gets savagely gang raped and decides to kill each of her rapists one by one to get the ultimate revenge!

Sounds like a real tearjerker

I Spit On Your Grave stars Camille Keaton (she's actually the Grand-niece of the famous silent film star Buster Keaton no relation to Michael Keaton though). Keaton plays Jennifer Hill, a writer who is working on a new novel and needs to get out of the city to finish it. She rents out an apartment upstate in New York and finds herself attracting the attention of rowdy male locals. They catch her off guard one day and strip her naked for the village idiot of the group, who has never gotten any--to get some. She is attacked and raped further two times by four other degenerates.

The rape scene is actually documented as the longest rape scene depicted on film. It's close to around 15 minutes long, maybe longer. After she is raped, Jennifer slowly recovers and decides to take vengeance on her rapists one by one.

The best scene (and the most notorious) is the scene with Jennifer and one of her rapists in the bathtub. She lures him into her apartment, giving him the impression that she enjoyed her attack, and convinces him to take a bath with her. What happens next....ya gotta watch the movie we're not gonna spoil it for ya!

What is disturbing and intriguing about this film is the fact that there is no music. No musical score to make the scene more dramatic, which always feels so much like a movie to me. Instead Meir Zarchi decides to "keep it real" by nixing the music. In a sense it almost feels like its really happening. Like the camera is just following the events that take place in this poor woman's life.

It doesn't get any more precious than that.

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