A dark tale based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of America’s first female serial killers. Wuornos had a difficult and cruel childhood plagued by abuse and drug use in Michigan. She became a prostitute by the age of thirteen, the same year she became pregnant. She eventually moved to Florida where she began earning a living as a highway prostitute—servicing the desires of semi-truck drivers. The tale focuses on the nine month period between 1989 and 1990, during which Wuornos had a lesbian relationship with a woman named Selby. And during that very same time, she also began murdering her clientele in order to get money without using sex. This turned the tables on a rather common phenomena of female highway prostitutes being the victims of serial killers—instead Wuornos, herself, carried out the deeds of a cold-blooded killer. —IMDb
Patricia Lea “Patty” Jenkins (born July 24, 1971) is an American film director and writer. She grew up around the world and attended the AFI Conservatory. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993. The most famous film she has directed to date is Monster, a docudrama about Aileen Wuornos. On July 14, 2011, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing. She received two nominations for the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, one for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series” for The Killing and “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series” for Five. On January 28, 2012, she won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Dramatic Series for the pilot of The Killing. —Wikipedia
A devastating performance from Theron, paired with the beautifully tragic (fictionalized factual) story and gorgeous cinematography makes for an incredible little film. Everything from the eerily accurate performance of Wuornos and the immaculate production design is an example of filmmaking at its most powerful. Ultimately, it is sad and brutal, but has its moments of real tenderness and compassion too.