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Private Violence... shows with shocking clarity that the worst of such cases rarely involve just a single punch, and that the problem is far more entrenched than a trending-on-Twitter moment makes it seem.
"Private Violence" is extremely sad, but it has a lot of hope.
Brisk and disturbing, it should be an eye-opener to anyone whose understanding of domestic violence amounts to the ignorant suggestion, "Why didn't you leave?"
Cynthia Hill delivers a vivid portrait of one leading justice advocate and one survivor of horrific spousal abuse.
Law enforcement, the justice system and society as a whole have often turned a deaf ear to these women. Private Violence is a deeply empathetic documentary response.
Structural sloppiness pervades this film, but that can't stifle the sheer force of the emotion it evokes.
As with most complicated questions, "Why don't they just leave?" has more than one answer.
It has a tremendous lead character in domestic violence advocate Kit Gruelle, a heartbreaking main case study and genuinely difficulties telling its actual story.
It forgoes obvious moments of honey-dipped sentimentalism, but the stories of despair and the ways crawled their way out are no less emotional and gut-wrenchingly honest.
Just by being truthful and honest with its subjects, Cynthia Hill's film feels like a call to action. Listen to it.
Powerful piece that tells stories of domestic violence.
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