When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
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Revolting, ugly, disturbing, etc. Very well directed, implausibly written (but not POORLY written), and deeply unpleasant. I feel completely helpless when watching movies based on Jack Ketchum novels, and "The Woman" is no exception. I can't say I recommend the experience it provides, but it's not a bad film.
My senses were dulled and my intelligence insulted for 100 straight minutes. Congratulations to (the normally talented) Lucky McKee, if that was indeed the goal. It's almost too easy to catalog the list of things wrong with "The Woman" - the ill-fitting adult alternative soundtrack, Sean Bridgers' George W. Bush-channeling performance, the film's complete disconnect from anything resembling reality. Skip it.
i think the most notable thing about this movie is mckee's constant use of terrible, pseudo-90s alternative rock as the score. it's not nearly as ~edgy~ as he'd like it to be (although the constant violence against women did turn my stomach, so congrats?), but the ending is better than expected.
McKee's take on My Fair Lady. This film lacks any subtlety, but it quickly becomes clear that this film doesn't need it. Once you accept that it's an out and out comedy (albeit one I didn't laugh during) you can forgive it's bluntness and lack of subtlety. The ending is utterly cathartic and makes one glad (?) they sat through the rest of the horror. The camera work and acting are astounding...
I don't understand if the soundtrack is only meant to break your balls constantly or if there's a lame, failed attempt to give a consumistic point of view to gruesome circumstances. Unfortunately you would think they're only the director's tastes. American-silly-pop-grunge songs for the entire lenght, no exclusion for rape. Really hated it, but managed through the final part which reassess the movie.
It brings so many questions and issues; some of them, you would be better off without. At some points, it felt like it was losing its way. Sean Bridgers' character is one of the most hateful characters I've ever seen. Some details could have been more explored in order not to be just hollow. It's original and powerful but, somehow, not truly effective.
Better than people are giving it credit for. It doesn't really break any new ground thematically but it's well made and creepy at times. It's also meant to be funny, particularly with the use of the soundtrack, which no one seems to see.