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17 Ratings

Used Innocence

Directed by James Benning
United States, 1989


About the real life drama of a 1981 murder case in Wisconsin, when Laurie Bembenek was convicted of shooting her husband’s ex-wife, as his own personal spiritual odyssey.

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Used Innocence Directed by James Benning

Critics reviews

…A substantial letdown after his Landscape Suicide.. Perhaps the principal problem lies in Benning’s failure to set down all the relevant facts of the case in an easily digestible form; he chooses, rather, to introduce them out of chronological sequence. In addition, his own semi-maudlin confessional letters, which are read offscreen (along with Bembenek’s terser ones), keep clouding the various issues raised.
March 01, 1989
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