De Stilte Rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence) (1982)

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Housewife Edda Barends, waitress Nelly Frijda and secretary Henriette Tol have but one thing in common: murder. Acting virtually on impulse, the three women kill a male store owner who has caught Barends shoplifting. Psychiatrist Cox Habbema is engaged to prove that the women are insane so that they can avoid being sent to prison. A few sessions later, however, Habbema has cast her lot with the killers! The moral seems to be that murder is justified so long as it stems from dissatisfaction with the entire Male population. One would think that Question of Silence (originally released in the Netherlands as De Stilte Rond Christine M...) would be rejected out of hand by the largely male Dutch Film Finance Corporation. Instead, the Corporation was so enthusiastic over writer/director Marleen Gorris' project proposal that it put up all the production money. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Cox Habbema
as Dr. Janine Van Den Bos
Nelly Frijda
as Waitress
Henriëtte Tol
as Secretary
Dolf de Vries
as Boutique Manager
Kees Coolen
as Police inspector
Onno Molenkamp
as Pathologist
Edda Barends
as Christine M.
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Gorris' polemic feminist film is schematic but it raises some interesting questions.

Jun 22, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The uncompromising polemic at least isn't dogmatic.

Feb 24, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

An interesting, overtly feminist film that blurs some of its issues but still packs a punch.

Oct 11, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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