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Movies about Rape and Sexual Harassment

For those thriller and horror movies where a ferocious revenge is a consequence of a rape, there's a dedicate section: Rape & Revenge. The films in this section are mostly characterised by dramatic themes: Sexual harassment is coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. It can include psychological persecution (see also Stalking). The Virgin Spring by Bergman and Rashomon by Kurosawa are two movies, albeit very different, which best describe the horror and trauma caused by sexual violation. The Color Purple, Au Hasard Balthazar and the amazing performance of Jodie Foster in The Accused deserve a special mention.

Overview

Bearing in mind the tragedy and the delicacy of the issue, it is not easy to “frame” univocally the way in which cinema has considered it: once the distinction, pointed out at the beginning of the text, is made between Rape and Revenge films, which tends to deal with sexual violence in a specious way (but even in this distinction emerge “grey zones”, as we will try to clarify) there are, however, many approaches: sometimes rape is perpetrated in a wider situation of violence, which can be domestic (Take My Eyes) or linked to particular contexts such as war (The Whistleblower, Redacted) or imprisonment (Incendies). In other cases they are isolated extemporaneous incidents that have a limited space in films (or do not even exist, according to the staging) but this irreparably marks the rest of the narration. In these films, the story often stems from the sorrow and the anger of the victim; and the quest for justice and revenge is one of the most frequent consequences. Thus there are several films that maintain the classic vengeful structure of revenge movies in a dramatic setting, as is the case of The Virgin Spring, the already mentioned Bergman’s masterpiece, of the excellent Argentinian thriller The Secret in Their Eyes (also a US remake) or of the recent Elle.

Most effective films that contain rape in them

The most significant films are banally the ones that penetrate the very heart of the phenomenon, and the number of works is surprisingly small. The possible implications of this issue are diverse and they regard the short-term and long-term physical and psychological conditions of the victim, the perception of the woman in society, the legal sides and the procedural aspects, the media representation of the events and more. The only film that has prudently tried to summarize all these elements is The Accused, a powerful drama that granted a well-deserved Oscar to the extraordinary Jodie Foster. A couple of more interesting titles, that focus very well on this topic, are the French Rape of Love and Italian The Wedding Dress, with Maya Sansa.

The last years until 2018: “Elle”, “The Salesman” and “Unsane”

There is, among the recent films about sexual violence, a handful of thrillers about stalking and some other titles that must also be considered. One of them is Welcome to New York, a curious and difficult attempt to bring on the screen the rumoured wrongdoings (the charges have then been dismissed) of the French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In 2016, Elle came to the theaters, with Isabelle Huppert, in the guise of a woman who reacts to abuse in a less than passive way. The Oscar-winning best foreign film, The Salesman, also focused on the story of an Iranian couple whose relationship went through a difficult period after the wife was attacked by a stranger at home. Unsane, directed by Steven Soderbergh, is a creepy thriller about stalking.

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2018

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

  • 7,0

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2018

On Her Shoulders

On Her Shoulders

  • 7,0

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2018

Nome di donna

Nome di donna

  • 6,0

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2018

Unsane

Unsane

  • 7,3

Stalking

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2017

Alcoholist

Alcoholist

  • 5,0

Stalking

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2017

Una

Una

  • 6,0

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2017

Unforgettable

Unforgettable

  • 6,0

Stalking

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2016

May God Save Us

Que Dios nos perdone

  • 7,0

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2016

The Silence of the Sky

O Silêncio do Céu

  • 6,0

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2016

When the Bough Breaks

When the Bough Breaks

  • 5,0

Stalking

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2016

The Salesman

فروشنده

  • 7,5

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2016

Elle

Elle

  • 7,0

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2016

InFernet

InFernet

  • 4,5

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2016

Confirmation

Confirmation

  • 7,0

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2016

Broken Vows

Broken Vows

  • 4,5

Stalking

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2016

The Innocents

Les Innocentes

  • 7,0

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2015

Blackway

Blackway

  • 5,0

Stalking

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2015

The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy

  • 6,0

Stalking

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2015

The Gift

The Gift

  • 7,0

Stalking

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2015

Paulina

La patota

  • 6,7

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2015

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

  • 5,0

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2015

La scelta

La scelta

  • 5,5

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2015

Be My Cat: A Film for Anne

Be My Cat: A Film for Anne

  • 6,7

Stalking

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2015

Flocking

Flocken

  • 6,5

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2015

The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

  • 5,0

Stalking

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2014

The Assault

The Assault

  • 6,5

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2014

Kristy

Kristy

  • 6,0

Stalking

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2014

Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

  • 5,0

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2014

Difret

Difret

  • 6,3

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2013

Stalkers

Stalkers

  • 6,0

Stalking

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2013

The Stalker

The Stalker

  • 6,5

Stalking

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2012

Home Invasion

Home Invasion

  • 5,0

Stalking

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2012

Broken

Broken

  • 7,0

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2012

Six Acts

S#x Acts

  • 6,0

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2012

Shadow of Fear

Shadow of Fear

  • 6,0

Stalking

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2012

Eden

Eden

  • 6,5

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2012

País do Desejo

País do Desejo

  • 4,5

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2011

Twilight Portrait

Portret v Sumerkakh

  • 6,7

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2011

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

  • 7,0

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2011

Sleep Tight

Mientras duermes

  • 7,7

Stalking

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2011

Ticket to paradise

Boleto al paraíso

  • 6,0

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2011

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

  • 5,0

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2011

Little Deaths

Little Deaths

  • 4,7

Rape and Sexual Harassment

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2011

The Resident

The Resident

  • 6,0

Stalking

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2010

The Whistleblower

The Whistleblower

  • 7,0

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2010

Trust

Trust

  • 7,0

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2010

Incendies

Incendies

  • 7,5

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2010

Dark Love

L'amore buio

  • 6,5

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2010

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

  • 7,0

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2009

Someone's Knocking at the Door

Someone's Knocking at the Door

  • 4,0

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