Women Seeking Revenge On Celluloid

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Three films released this year feature women protagonists who take violent revenge against men who’ve abused them. In “The Brave One,” Jodie Foster plays Erica Bain, a radio talk show host who was the victim of a brutal gang attack in which her lover was killed and she was transformed. In “Descent,” Rosario Dawson’s character, a college student, finds healing through revenge against the college stud who raped her. In “Red Road,” Kate Dickie plays a security guard who seeks out and takes revenge against a man who up-ended her life.

Do women who seek revenge on celluloid do so in the same ways men seek revenge in movies? Are there different standards? What do you think?



  • Jodie Foster chats about “The Brave One” with Anne Thompson.
  • Jodie Foster discusses “The Brave One” with Lisa Kennedy.
  • Talia Lugacy discusses “Descent” with Jennifer Merin.