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"The combination of the century - Atwood, Pinter, and Duval"
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This film has translated beautifully from Margaret Atwood's timeless book. It addresses the human condition at it's most raw – – trying to survive. The actors treat the characters with such sensitivity and all the more so given that the incredibly talented Natasha Richardson is no longer with us. This is a stunning film, incredibly understated, and a must have for your collection.

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Set in a fascistic future America, this is the story of Kate. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate¡¯s guilty of trying to escape the US, and is sentenced to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless training in the way to act, Kate is assigned to the Commander, but finds herself attracted to Nick, the chauffeur. All the while a resistance movement begins to challenge the regime.

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Set in a time when a buildup of toxic chemicals has made most people sterile, Volker Schlondorff's film offers a disturbing view of a society under martial law in which fertile women are captured and made into handmaids to bear children for rich and infertile matrons. The film unfolds from the eyes of newly converted handmaid Kate (Natasha Richardson). She is trapped in this mysogynistic society which both deifies these fertile women as prized possessions and condemns them as whores. Throughout the story Kate has to cope with the jealousy of the woman she serves (Faye Dunaway), the advances of her sleazy military husband (the Commander, played by Robert Duvall), and the loss of her daughter, who has been shuttled off to a similarly aristocratic setting. She also falls in love with one of the Commander's security guards (Aidan Quinn), who sympathizes with her plight and potentially offers her a way out. Throughout The Handmaid's Tale, issues of feminism, abortion rights, male dominance, and conservative religious politics all come under fire. Some may view the film itself as antifemale considering its concepts, but it is quite the opposite. Instead it shows how only through solidarity can women bring down an overriding patriarchical mindset. The film, which works from Harold Pinter's screenplay adaption of Margaret Atwood's novel, features strong performances from those mentioned as well as Elizabeth McGovern and Victoria Tennant. --Bryan Reesman
Re-released on
May 25th, 2009
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.33 : 1
Length (Minutes)
109
Studio
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Genre
  • Drama
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
5021456159949
Product ID
1464500

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