For the 44th week of 2022 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of female revenge movies where a woman either loses her lover or something much worse as she just goes fucking nuts and kills everyone. Here are my three picks:
1. The Bride Wore Black Francois Truffaut’s adaptation of William Irish’s novel about a woman who loses her husband at their wedding by a stray bullet as she goes after the five men responsible for what had happened. The film is more of an exploration of vengeance and all of its fallacies where the main character played by Jeanne Moreau is just hell-bent on killing these men. Yet, there are many complications that occur as it is one of Truffaut’s quintessential films as well as one of his more accessible films.
2. Kill Bill Quentin Tarantino’s two-part film about a woman who was shot in the head by her lover and left in a coma for four years is truly one of the finest films of the 21st Century so far. Notably as it has Uma Thurman going nuts as the Bride who goes after the four women who beat her up and left her dead as it would ultimately lead to her former lover in Bill played by David Carradine. It has the Bride go onto a journey to rebuild herself as well as go after all of her former colleagues as well as Bill as QT created a film that is bloody and enthralling.
3. Lady Vengeance The third film from Chan-wook Park’s Vengeance trilogy that include Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy is definitely a revenge film like no other as this one focuses on a woman getting revenge for a crime she didn’t commit. A crime that involved the kidnapping and murder of a young boy she never met as she would serve a thirteen-and-a-half prison sentence where she would gain loyalty during her time in helping others as they would repay the favor following her release. Starring Lee Young Ae, it is a film that has her trying to find the man who had committed this crime but also discover something far worse that not even the legal system would bring justice.
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