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Rape of Love (1978)

L'amour violé (original title)
Nicole, nurse in Grenoble, is raped one night by four men. Deeply scarred, emotionally and physically, she thinks she will never recover from the trauma. Following a friend's advice, she ... See full summary »

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Nathalie Nell ...
Nicole
Alain Fourès ...
Jacques
Michèle Simonnet ...
Catherine
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Julien
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Daniel
Bernard Granger ...
Patrick
Alain Marcel ...
Jean-Louis
Gilles Tamiz ...
René
Tatiana Moukhine ...
La mère de Nicole
Lucienne Hamon ...
Le juge
Guylène Péan ...
L'avocate
Marianne Epin ...
La femme de Patrick
François Lalande ...
Un malade
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Le père de Jean-Louis
Andrée Damant ...
La mère de Jean-Louis
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Nicole, nurse in Grenoble, is raped one night by four men. Deeply scarred, emotionally and physically, she thinks she will never recover from the trauma. Following a friend's advice, she decides to file a lawsuit. Written by Fabrice Guerini <fabrice@life.net>

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Feminist Yannick Bellon.
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Yannick Bellon is a female André Cayatte:not only she broaches serious subjects as he did before her (homosexuality ("la triche" ); breast cancer ("l'amour nu" );ecology ("l'affût" )) but she also uses Cayatte's actress in " les risques du métier" -about a schoolteacher falsely accused of child abuse- ,Natalie Nell.

Bellon's film deals with rape.It's probably her most successful movie,since it was made at a time women were (I hope it has changed)often reluctant to tell their family and friends about what "happened" .Yannick Bellon succeeds in making us feel her disgust for human bestiality:the rape scene lasts about ten minutes and does not turn the viewer into a peeping tom;her heroine's sufferings are so intense we often feel like looking away.

Bellon is feminism flesh on the bone: a very interesting sequence takes place in the school where children's drawings show how a woman 's work is never done:while dad's is working,or watching TV,or reading his newspaper ,mum's cooking,ironing,etc ,not even PTAing.The children's games are also revealing :even when they play ,girls cannot take boys' parts.OK it was in 1978 and times have changed.And Bellon's work may seem superficial and one-sided.But this scene when the victim's MOTHER tells her daughter that NOTHING can be done,that if you're born a woman you're born to be hurt is really spooky.Her boyfriend's attitude is a coward one even if he redeems himself at the end.

"L'amour violé" may be a dated movie.But things like that are still happening,still in 2005.It's a movie that needed to be done.


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