10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
interesting rape revenge drama,
This review is from: Freezer [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a film about a girl who is held captive in her own and violently raped. Rape is quite a tricky subject to handle in film but I think it was done fairly well here. The main problem is that if a film-maker shows it too explicitly they get accused of eroticising it, wheras if they don't show enough then they are often accused of glossing over it. I think the director is playing with the audience a bit; some shots of the main character are from quite a "male-gaze" perspective, yet the film seems to be very critical of pornography (the fact that Chihiro's rape was filmed, and the line pointed out in the Film Notes on the DVD for example). I think some viewers might not understand why Chihiro doesn't just go to the police in the first place or something like that, but this is because in Japan it is one of the biggest shames to have been raped. Part of the point of the film is to point out how some of the extreme aspects of reservation and conservatism lead to suffering in Japanese society.
The film is pretty scary once it gets going. There's a very strong tension held throughout. It does feel a little long though, and the ending is very japanese - i.e inconclusive. The Japanese like surreal endings which don't wrap things up neatly. Not giving anything away, it's quite arty but fairly logical. You have to fill in the blanks yourself really, but I think that's best as it leaves you thinking.
I think Freezer's a pretty good film, quite overlooked as it's far more thoughtful and intelligent than most rape-revenge drama's. I don't know whether you'd watch it twice, but it's well worth watching. Oh, and if you don't want to know too much about the plot, don't read the back of the box or watch the trailer.