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115 Ratings

The Handmaid's Tale

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
United States, 1990
Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance


In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman (Natasha Richardson) is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.

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The Handmaid's Tale Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

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  • Kyle Knapp's rating of the film The Handmaid's Tale

    Despite being pretty faithful to the novel's plot, it's remarkably unfaithful to its tone, largely because it loses the novel's inner monologue. That inner voice is needed because this is a story focused entirely on a woman unable to express her feelings outwardly. Needs more seaminess, more menace, more uncertainty, more hypocrisy, more outrage. A film as flaccid as the Commander himself.