Review of the Short Film RAPE (directed by Bob Bryan)
Rape, the new short film from Bob Bryan, examines the complexity and darkness surrounding rage as it transfers from rapist to victim: the acts; why they happen, and the use of another to vent out psychological damage, are examined in raw neo-noir detail.
Personally, I love long shadows; they are used as blankets in the film. The two players are surrounded by them throughout. The song “Love Letters,” by Kitty (or Ketty) Lester (rec. 1962/Young and Heyman,) is used as a sad ironic twist, and is classic and reminiscent of its use in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet in 1986.
Bryan is telling us that sometimes abuse victims turn into abusers if they are left to their own devises, and if there is enough trauma, even people who have no extraordinary evil at the beginning can change if they are traumatized enough.
This is a dark story of the pain we afflict on one another and the consequences of what is done with it. RAPE is well-crafted, disturbing, raw, and brilliant.
(RAPE, directed by Bob Byran, copyright 2013 Graffitti Verite,www.graffitiverite.com/RAPE_Main_Page.htm)