What starts out as an inauspicious debut feature from Jonathan Demme quickly distinguishes itself from the rest of the women in prison films by investing us in the characters. We care about these women, so we are right there with them as they are tortured and try to help one another. There's a real sense of comraderie to this group which helps the climax be an absolute barn-stormer. Exciting but with a lot of heart.
As noted, there are so many moments concerned with the institutional conditions of the women that it only occasionally (usually with obligatory nudity) reminds us it's a genre movie. In fact it felt weakest in its final wish-fulfilment prison break compared to the very strange, consciousness-stream vignettes of the first part which elides dreams, hopes and daily persecutions in a raw but endearing way.
Depravarea austeră a Barbarei Steele pe un scaun cu rotile, avan-garde musică a lui John Cale care îi fricționează cu lehamite pe timpan auditriului, niște săriture și neglijari pe deplin făţişe. Conform rețetei de "Woman in Prison," totuși nedepindând de scene erotice sau gretește prea supranormativ, Jonathan Demme îi adaugă entorse noi. în principal, cel mai important lucru este nu schimbare completă ci puțină.