Byzantium (UK/ Ireland, 2013)
Directed by Neil Jordan
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller
Throughout its long and varied history, the horror genre has been criticised for the roles that it accords to women. Horror films are regularly accused of being sexist or misogynist, of objectifying the female form through sex and violence, and of presenting a damaging and limiting view of what women's roles should be in narrative film-making. Whether it's one of Dracula's brides or the scantily-clad victim of a serial killer, it isn't hard to find examples of how the horror genre has, directly or indirectly, degraded women.
Shame with Steve McQueen, strikes a great balance between the sleaze of 21st-century sex workers and the ethereal quality afforded by the shimmering sea.
Quantum of Solace, for example), but here she is very well-cast and convincingly conveys a wide range of emotions. Elsewhere Sam Riley remains as intimidating here as he was in the remake of Brighton Rock, and Jonny Lee Miller is suitably foul as the misogynistic Captain.
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