Domestic Violence (2001)


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Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's 35th cinéma vérité documentary, Domestic Violence was first given limited theatrical release in January 2002. Its extreme length necessitated its being presented in two separate parts, duly titled Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence 2. The first part, which ran 196 minutes theatrically, utilized Wiseman's famed "eavesdropping camera" technique to explore the inner workings of The Spring, a battered-spouse shelter in Tampa, FL. The eyewitness accounts of the real-life abuse victims, presented in long, uninterrupted takes, is far more eloquent and horrifying than if Wiseman had chosen to re-enact the violence itself. Part two, also running approximately 196 minutes, was filmed within the Florida court system, dispassionately demonstrating the frustrations inherent in bringing habitual spousal abusers to justice. Most American viewers first saw Domestic Violence when it was telecast as a two-part miniseries by PBS on March 18 and 19, 2003.


Critic Reviews for Domestic Violence

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It's not an easy film to watch, though most people who do see it will find it impossible to forget.

Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

Wiseman reveals the victims of domestic abuse in all of their pity and terror.

Feb 8, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Examines its explosive subject matter as nonjudgmentally as Wiseman's previous studies of inner-city high schools, hospitals, courts and welfare centers.

Jan 30, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

10 minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away.

Jan 30, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

The most compelling Wiseman epic of recent years.

Jan 29, 2002

So why is Wiseman afraid to call this 'violence against women' in such a lengthy expose?

Aug 1, 2003 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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