Pros: Neri & Banderas, well acted, tight direction
Cons: rape, violence, the usual
The Bottom Line: Interesting character study
This is a movie that takes well-deserved revenge to the nth degree. Filmed in Madrid, dubbed in English, it reminded me vaguely of Extremeties, but on a more personal level, although that was very personal, and even a bit of Accused.
Starting with enterprising reporters visiting a circus, we find the cynical Marco Vallez (Antonio Banderas) hot, and I mean hot, on the trail of the equestrian sharpshooter Ana (Franesca Neri). Hauntingly beautiful and a deadly shot, she peaks his interest to the point that he writes an entire expose of her life, complete with photos. Although she seems troublesome at first, she finally relents to his burning eyes and determined manner. In other words, she hops in bed with him.
Yes, it is possible there is love blooming here. Both fiery personalities, tempered and heated, both demanding and receiving what they require from the relationship. Underneath it all, a hint of a future, perhaps hope for what will come. Then Marco gets sent out of town for a job, covering a concert in Barcelona. At the same time, Ana continues her mindless loop of the circus ring, shooting balloons with her rifle, while hanging upside down off the horse.
In the audience are three ner-do-wells. One of the boys, the oldest, had previously been to the backlots of the circus working on one of their vehicles. He has been lusting after Ana since that time. Given enough alcohol, and the bolstering of his fellow companions, all three return later after the circus has shut down for the night and brutally rape Ana, not always using their, um, penises, but anything they can find lying around her bungalow. Brutal pigs.
Ana can take either road after they leave. Contact the authorities or exact her own revenge. Lets face facts kids, rape being what it is and given her life style, Im personally thinking no one is really going to give a tinkers damn about her feelings. And after all, she is a gypsy passing through, these are hometown boys, even if they arent of the highest ilk. She elects her own revenge. A bad choice, no doubt, but nevertheless, she does.
After she kills the boys at their place of employment, she is overcome with regret. Little she can do at this time now. Its becoming very Thelma & Louise at this point. Granted, being the whiz shooter she was, she could have just shot their kneecaps out I always think that is a just revenge but she goes for the dead kill. She is also in a lot of pain physically. Going to the local emergency center, she discovers she is practically destroyed internally and hemorrhaging quite badly. The doctor sends her to the hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Marco returns, finds her bungalow in ruins and Ana missing. Hearing a news announcement, he manages to put two and two together and realizes that the killer is probably his lovely Ana. With resources available through his employment, he begins tracking down his lady fair.
Yes, he finds her.
I aint tellin ya another thing.
This is a movie full of lovely smoke and mirrors. The lead characters, Marco and Ana, pull this into the love category. While the acting was quite good, I still had real issues with the English dubbing. First I had to come to grips with Banderas having another voice. I have long since learned not to watch the mouths moving when dubbing is involved, otherwise I get out of synch with the movie entirely. Still, I kept expecting Antonios fluid speaking voice and was instead given some definitely WASP voice coming out of that beautifully shaped mouth. Oh well.
Overall the film was very erotic with a lot of symbolism involved. During the rape, you are shown mostly Anas face and her eyes. You dont need to see the actual rape, you have that reflected in her expressions. You feel justified in her decision because you feel you were part of the rape as well. And with that decision, you also feel her internal despair as she has taken one of the few things that brought her intense joy shooting and used it against her own moral makeup. Again, another destruction of her character, on top of the rape.
As her destructive behavior continues to spiral downward, you finally register her acceptance that her life has reached a point from which there is no return. With her capture there would be the ultimate death sentence, to continue to run would garner her no life as well. In addition, her burgeoning love affair with Banderas is now on the back burner, no chance to continue that.
Banderas is set with his own demons. As a reporter he feels he has to find an end to this problem, but as a human, he wants to carry her away from it all. Facing his fellow reporters, he calls them unhumanistic and sharks, just what he has always been himself. Yet, the end goal is the story because underneath we are all voyeuristic.
This was tightly directed by Carlos Saura and the acting was above par. The story is more about what the destruction of violence can do, begetting violence, than it is about the actual rape or revenge. It is actually a moralistic character study.
Written by Enzo Monteleone and Carlos Saura from the story Spara che ti passa by Giorgio Scerbanenco. There are some nice shots of the outlying area and camera work in the dark areas of the circus tents and outbuildings was well done and enjoyable.
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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Antonio Banderas, who had previously appeared in Carlos Saura's STILTS (LOS ZANCOS), stars as Marcos, a Madrid newspaper reporter who becomes involved with a sensational murder investigation. Although generally known for more cerebral fare, in OUTRAGE Saura takes an emotional story of revenge and tells it in a straightforward style. Marcos is sent to do an article on Circus performers where he meets Ana (Francesca Neri), a trick horseback rider and sharp shooter. At first she is cool and distant, wanting him to pay her for an interview, but he gets her to agree to it in exchange for putting her picture in the paper. The last part of the story differs sharply from the love story. Ana is bothered during her act by three drunken young men who follow her to her trailer and sexually assault her. In the morning she takes her gun and goes out to take revenge on them. <br> <br> Until the climactic end Marcos and Ana have no more scenes together. He follows her actions from the newspaper and TV reports. She leav...