Quick-Thoughts: Marleen Gorris’s A Question of Silence (1982)

The patriarchy: turning normal folk into sociopaths since 0000. 

As rude as this may sound — please just blame the pop culture over-saturation of these past few COVID years not mwah! — this movie came off almost like a Joker (2019) but for girlbosses to me, and I mean that as both a negative and a positive: the lack of depth has me both aching for more and wishing for a broader, intenser exploration of its notably juicy premise / plot and brutally sincere messages. But yeah, I agree though! It’s a little embarrassing that Todd Phillips’ film came out only recently and Marleen Gorris’s actually has the excuse of being a tad dated in some areas, but the whole concept of being pushed to the very brim from a given underprivileged lifestyle is comparably there, yet if not, far more reasonable as well in parallel to reality than it was in Mr. 11-time Academy Award nominee’s — the constant, subtle misogynistic commenting by men desperate for control in power over women who are forced to laugh around it and publicly turn a blind eye at this bulls**t throughout an entire upsetting 95-minute runtime sure beats random inserts of rubbishes like coincidentally and accidentally saving a damsel in distress on a bus to soften down on murder. 

Either way, for the diehard cinephiles out there though, I would recommend giving A Question of Silence a watch for its bold, figurative character personas and the snappy, foxy dialogue that accompanies them, which are both oddly adventurous qualities for its time period, and moreover too for its surreal, intimidating, and borderline horror-synth score that’s paired to its occasionally shocking flash edits. Plus, for something made in an early 80s Netherlands, this film must’ve been risky ASF to be putting out there, and I have all the respect for it.

Verdict: B-

“A Question of Silence” is now available to stream on YouTube.

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