I’ll Never Die Alone

Year: 2008
Production Co: Paura Flics
Director: Adrián García Bogliano
Writer: Adrián García Bogliano/Ramiro García Bogliano/Martín Frías
Cast: Gimena Blesa, Andres Aramburu, Magdelena De Santo, Andrea Duarte

The rape revenge thriller must be one of the smallest subgenres around, and not least because entries into it are routinely banned (in Australia at least), among them Baise Moi, The Last House on the Left (released with cuts recently) and I Spit On Your Grave .

Done ultra-cheap on either out of focus digital video or very low quality film stock, this low key Argentine exploitation flick shares a sense of dread from the opening frames with other films like it, simply because before watching it you'll undoubtedly have been forewarned what it's about.

Four pretty young students are driving through rural Argentina when they come across the body of a badly injured girl beside the road. With her apparent attackers nearby, the girls sneak her away to the next town's police station where they're kept for questioning until the officer's superiors show up.

But the youngest and wiliest among them, Carol (Blesa) has sure she's seen the senior officers' car somewhere, and when the girls drive away thinking it's all over and it tries to run them down, she realises it was the hunters standing in the woods near the girl they found.

In a harrowing ten-minute sequence the men tow their car into the forest and systematically rape each one, leaving them naked and battered in the trees.

In a daze they get dressed and stagger off to find help or safety, but in true exploitation tradition the nightmare is just starting as the house they stumble upon hoping to get help belongs to the men. Worse still, they arrive just as the girls realise where they are, and after more violence the revenge aspect of the film takes flight.

It's a great movie to watch to spark debate about where to draw the line in artistic expression, whether we should watch such brutality as entertainment to explore society and our nature as art is implicitly chartered to do or not.

Aside from the weighty sociopolitical themes, and after you swallow the bile-flavoured popcorn back down, writer/director/guerilla Bogliano actually wields skill as a director. Many scenes are extremely long and slow, punctuated by the sounds of the forest or surroundings rising to a hysterical fever pitch that will saw your nerves quite exquisitely.

If you don't have the constitution for anything worse than Saw, be warned - this will give you nightmares for weeks.

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