Director: Auli Mantila
Tanjalotta Räikkä….. Oili Lyrra
Anna-Elina Lyytikäinen…..Laura Lyrra
Run-time: 1 hr, 35 mins
* English subtitles.
An addition to the collective women/revenge collection. I had to search hard for this one, but I was far from disappointed once I finally found a copy of this film on DVD.
The main plot line, is of a young forensic dentist, Oili, whose younger sister, Laura, is viciously mugged and raped.
Oili is also working on a police case of a dead male ‘John Doe’, recovered from thawing lake ice in the spring, and is in a relationship with one of the police detectives investigating the John Doe case as a homicide.
Through Laura, Oili subsequently meets a group of women, who undertake organised vigilante-style retaliation against male abusers of women, refusing to live in fear, or adapt to it, but to act on it.
As the title suggests, the main theme running throughout the film, is that of fear, living with it, dealing with it, adapting behaviour to it – the “landscape” or ‘geography’ of fear, particularly as an environment for women.
This film also draws the two sisters’ sometimes fiery relationship and conflicts, (as well as with men in the film), as a parallel with the socio-political conflict between the liberal socialist view of feminism, and the more militant view of sexual politics.
The murder/crime subplot, (with the investigation of the suspected homicide of the John Doe), also parallels this same conflict – as the police are unwilling to drop their investigation – whereas Jane Doe bodies show up all the time, and they rarely bother to go to such lengths to find out ‘whodunnit’.
Meanwhile, Oili slowly comes to learn more and more about Laura’s involvement in the women’s vigilante group. Oili never quite supports the militant view, indeed, speaking strongly against it, threatening to report them, and trying to encourage her little sister to leave the group. Over time, Oili comes to reluctantly becoming a silent witness, unable to either support or betray them.
Worthwhile for more than one viewing. Highly recommended.