'Fierce People' is indeed fierce, and dare I say truthful in many ways. Often it is said that the 'rich' have better lives than the 'poor', and whilst this may be a crass over-generalisation it is indeed something that many people believe. That is until the veil is removed and the horror of such a 'truth' revealed. That truth can be extreme, nauseating and offensive to even the most liberal of moralities, and for this reason some people may find scenes within the film difficult to watch.
In fact, those hidden and shadowed lives once they are made known, make for a sad indictment on just how inhuman some people can be if given the freedom to act they way they really are. Unfortunately wealth, privilege and the power that comes with money, often makes for such liberty. There are some exceptions, however these are few and far between, and even those with good intention find themselves at the mercy of their own privilege and circumstance.
Many of these points cannot be discussed in the detail I would like, as such would give the plot away. Needless to say, I found the deception endemic amongst the privileged, and in particular their children, to be offensive in the extreme. The manner in which they treated those they considered 'beneath' them was a unsettling revelation, as I have often found myself an observer to similar offences. Staff and people are treated as property, and are bought and sold with little regard to their own feelings, desires, families and circumstances.
The film is full of seasoned actors such as Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland both of whom are profound, as well as some of Hollywood's most talented young actors (Kristen Stewart and Anton Yelchin). Anton Yelchin in particular was brilliant, and his ability to traverse a difficult subject matter, and show the horrible raw emotion that follows a sexual assault where the victim is male, is nothing less than professional. He is indeed an under-rated actor.
A very good film, with a sublime (yet necessary) social commentary to boot. The fact that male sexual victimisation is explored as a subject, sets this film apart. Male victims are a reality, as are their emotions, vulnerabilities and internal shame. Yet, little is done to address such in popular commentary.