Promising Young Woman film
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Sexual Violence
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August 25, 2021
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‘Promising Young Woman’: When Women are Tired to See Aggressors Walk Away Untouched

‘Promising Young Woman’ by Emerald Fennell has won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 2021 Oscar gala. And rightfully so: it tells the gripping story of a young woman named Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, who sets out to avenge her late friend who was the victim of a rape.

Cassie finds herself alone in her anger and grief, stuck in a dark place, while everybody else moves on as if nothing has happened. But for her, the story is not over. Her friend’s rapist has not been brought to justice. He walks freely, while her friend is dead. There is no justice here. And those who were there and watched without doing anything have not been punished for it. So Cassie decides to act on it, because no one else will.

Director Emerald Fennell said: ‘I don't think it's a polemic against men, but it's a polemic against the culture that we all grew up in which tends to side with men more than it does with women.’ And we have to say, it is a refreshing change for once to see a movie talking about rape without using it as a plot device to make the male protagonist a hero rescuing the damsel in distress.

If you have not seen the movie yet, you can watch the trailer down below!


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