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Living in the shadows,
This review is from: The Circle [DVD] (DVD)
The Circle is an interesting and extremely elusive film. It follows a number of different women who have been punished by the state for crimes of immorality. Intitially the personal stories of these women appear to be unrelated but as the film unfolds we see how they are all entagled in a very large web. Although the film is dealing with the issue of sexual inequality in a particular society and the price they pay for any form of deviance it is also concerned with individual courage and the resistance against conformity. The women are portrayed through strong characters, making immense sacrifices when necessary, such as abandoning a child to give her a better life.
It is unclear in the film what the 'crimes' of some of the characters are, there is a suggestion of prostitution in some of the cases.
What is fascinating is the external uniformity, all the women cover themselves with black shawls and lose themselves in a mass of black anonimity, these same women crouch behind cars to have a quick cigarette. It leaves you wondering how easy it can be to fall into a state correctional facility and what lies underneath the Black cover.