The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

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In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.


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  • Natasha Richardson in The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
  • Natasha Richardson in The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
  • Faye Dunaway and Natasha Richardson in The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

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25 November 2010 | mjneu59
5
| unconvincing dystopian fable
There's nothing subtle about this screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's cautionary fable, but the premise is nothing if not provocative: in a repressive fundamentalist dictatorship (called Gilead, but ostensibly America in the near future) the few remaining fertile women are forced to bear children, in effect becoming sexual servants to the (male) powers-that-be. Gilead may be colored red, white and blue, but there's more than a passing resemblance to Orwell's Oceana; even the act of conception is reduced to a ritual, with the euphemism 'ceremony' doubling for intercourse. A talented cast does its best with Harold Pinter's typically inscrutable screenplay, but under Volker Schlondorff's dispassionate direction the film never achieves a convincing level of oppression or paranoia. Worse, it lacks a story to match its scenario; the handmaid Offred's redemption is achieved only with the help of another man, which seems to deflate the feminist slant. The final result is nowhere near a successful movie, but never less than a fascinating failure.

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