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August 13 2018 Drama Movies Newsletter

"I believe that cinema should be informed and inspired by life and not by the world of cinema. I dislike scripts by scriptwriters who are inspired by the New Wave or other film-makers - that bores me. Well, I’m joking a bit. I prefer, however, to seek inspiration in real life and real people. Everyone can do what they want but that side of cinema is what I am seeking to explore. I feel at ease looking at the lives of others and that gives me the desire to write and film." Filmmaker Vincent Garenq

So much of television news now consists of spin - advisors and apologists telling the viewer what to think instead of actual investigative journalism - that I really prefer watching the work of directors like Garenq. His most recent film "In Her Name", the subject of this week's review, is based on a French case that took nearly thirty years to be resolved. Although Garenq considers the main theme to be a father's love for his murdered daughter, I found the lack of urgency (and accountability) regarding sexual assault victims to be the issue that resonated with me.

The emotional impact of "In Her Name" is similar to the one I felt when watching an Australian film, "Shame". I saw "Shame" when it was released in 1988. Although I have not seen it since, the film has stayed with me. It is the story of a lawyer (Deborra-Lee Furness) who happens upon a small town where it is a rite of passage for the young male residents to rape the women. The sheriff takes a "boys will be boys" attitude which is challenged by the visiting lawyer. She urges the women to fight back. "Shame" is currently streaming on Amazon Video and I would recommend it for mature viewers.

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

In Her Name Film Review
"In Her Name" is a gripping true crime story based on the Bamberski case. A father spends nearly three decades trying to bring his daughter's murderer to justice.


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