The Light of the Moon movie review: ‘victim’ is not a dirty word

MaryAnn’s quick take… A tough, uncompromising depiction of a rape and its aftermath that serves as a formidable corrective for how this subject is typically seen onscreen. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’ve seen some demure descriptions of this movie: its female protagonist is “assaulted,” “attacked,” “her world… irrevocably changed.” But there’s no point in being coy or spoiler-averse about it: The Light of the Moon is about a rape and its aftermath for the woman who is subjected to it. Not being upfront about this could actually be dangerously distressing for some potential viewers: this is a tough, realistic, uncompromising depiction of a crime that is perpetrated upon far too many women, and some of those women may well want to avoid this movie.

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