A Woman's Revenge

  • 100'
  • Portugal
  • 2011
The 19th-century dandy-writer Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly was specialised in short stories about monarchist aristocracy who had lost their power but not their money and who of course surrendered to morally irresponsible behaviour. Recently, Catherine Breillat also based the film Une vieille maitresse on the work of Barbey d’Aurevilly, and A Woman's Revenge has already been filmed in 1921 by Robert Wiene.
Several stories from the anthology Les diaboliques, which was immediately confiscated in 1874, have the structure of a story in a story - also this one. Rita Azevedo Gomes sticks fairly close to the original text in a solemn, theatrical yet also picturesquely beautiful style reminiscent of De Oliveira or Eugène Green. Roberto is a handsome, wealthy man of the world. He is arrogant and easily bored. Yet one evening his attention is attracted by a prostitute who turns out to be a missing noblewoman. She tells her story: a marriage without passion, an affair, a shocking murder and ultimate revenge.


Director
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Premiere
International première
Country of production
Portugal
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
Original title
A vingança de uma mulher
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Joana Ferreira
Production Company
C.R.I.M.
Sales
C.R.I.M.
Screenplay
Rita Azevedo Gomes
Cinematography
Acácio Almeida
Editor
Patrícia Saramago
Production Design
Pedro Sá
Sound Design
Joaquim Pinto
Cast
Fernando Rodrigues, Rita Durão
Website
http://crim-productions.com