Anatomy of Violence (2016)

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ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE MIXES FICTION AND FACT IN AN IMPROVISED EXPLORATION OF THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO, AND FOLLOWING, THE NOTORIOUS GANG RAPE OF A YOUNG WOMAN BY SIX MEN IN A MOVING BUS IN NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 16, 2012. TWELVE ACTORS COLLABORATED WITH FILMMAKER DEEPA MEHTA TO IMAGINE WHAT MIGHT HAVE DRIVEN THESE MEN TOWARDS SUCH A SAVAGE ASSAULT. THE FILM ALSO IMAGINES THE NATURE OF A YOUNG WOMAN'S LIFE, HER FAMILY, HER FRIENDS AND HER HOPES AND DREAMS BEFORE THE FATAL ATTACK. "WHAT MAKES MONSTERS?" IS A QUESTION THAT THIS FILM STARES DIRECTLY AT. IT PROBES AND EXPLORES WHERE THESE YOUNG MEN COULD HAVE COME FROM AND WHAT MIGHT HAVE MOTIVATED THEM. THEY HAVE BEEN CALLED "MONSTERS" BUT IS THIS A SIMPLISTIC LABELLING THAT RELIEVES SOCIETY AND LEADERS FROM THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LOOKING MORE DEEPLY? THE FILM OFFERS NO CLEAR ANSWERS BUT OPENS DOORS OF INQUIRY WHICH MAY STIMULATE FURTHER EXAMINATION INTO THE ROOT CAUSES AND COMPLEXITY OF THIS PARTICULAR AND ALL TOO PERVASIVE BRUTALITY AGAINST WOMEN.

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Critic Reviews for Anatomy of Violence

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

It is strange, impressionistic, artless and frequently tough to watch. And it may haunt you for weeks.

Dec 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mehta's message ... has a resonance that transcends East and West.

Nov 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite a heightened awareness of rape culture and its tragic consequences, [this] catastrophically misjudged film will struggle to add to the discussion.

Sep 21, 2016 | Full Review…
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I just feel that this film would be better served - as we know that Mehta is capable of doing - as a narrative film instead of an acting exercise.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The message of Anatomy of Violence is an obvious one, but the film can only tell us, not show us.

Dec 2, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Mehta is careful not to suggest that these young men should not be accountable for their crime. But it takes an uncommonly compassionate approach to its unsavoury characters.

Nov 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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