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Chris Sean Bridgers is the patriarch of the seemingly normal Cleek family. She cooks, cleans, and helps maintain order when it comes to their children. Their daughter, Peggy Lauren Ashley Carteris the oldest child.
Their son, Brian Zach Randis in middle school. Where Peggy refuses to take part in any kind of school or social activity, Brian at least will shoot hoops with other kids. Of course, his reasons for doing so are less than wholesome. As presented, when the film begins, there are subtle tensions in the family. Chris is a successful real estate attorney in their small town, but his gregarious nature is tinged with just a touch of obnoxiousness.
When he agrees to help a neighbor by purchasing her home, he cracks a vulgar joke that is far from appropriate. Belle seems wound a little too tightly, but this behavior could be seen as just the stress that comes with raising three children.
Sure, Chris is controlling, Belle practically shakes when approached for some small talk by a neighbor in the grocery store, Peggy curls up in a ball and cries while sitting out of P. That match introduces itself in the form of the titular character. Dirty, wearing rags and animal skins for clothing, bleeding from a wound in the stomach, she has obviously been living in the woods for a very long time.
Despite his instant interest in her, Chris does not approach The Woman, even as he follows her back to the cave where she is living. But he does not alert the authorities, either. Instead, he jumps into action, ordering the family to clean up the storm cellar. The next day, Chris ambushes The Woman, throwing a net over her and knocking her out with the butt of his rifle.
What follows is an emotionally and physically brutal descent into Hell as the film reveals just how much of a monster Chris is capable of being. The stress of having The Woman in their lives and the way Chris abuses her, causes the long-simmering tensions in the family to come to the surface, leading to a jaw dropping—no hyperbole, my jaw literally dropped—third act.
Chris and his wife, Belle, argue, and the youngest daughter, Darlin, attempts to befriend the imprisoned woman. Chris's will prevails and he orchestrates a violent series of civilizing measures.
Chris bathes the woman with boiling water and later decides to bathe her with a high-pressure power washer. Belle watches in horror, but Peggy rushes to the woman's aid and turns off the washer.
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Peggy is forced into the house, while Belle and Chris move the woman back into the cellar. Later, Chris rapes the woman while Brian secretly observes. The next day, Brian also violates the woman and is caught by Peggy. Belle, unable to stand it anymore, announces her intention to leave Chris and take their two daughters, but not their rapist son.
Chris knocks Belle unconscious just before Peggy's teacher, Ms. Raton, rings the doorbell. Raton tells Chris that she believes Peggy is pregnant. He becomes angry, believing that she will somehow expose the family's secret, and hits her.
The unnamed girl is little more than a dog to the woman — an extremely unpleasant piece of humour. Chris is the civilised man who has been raised with all the opportunities and advantages society can provide and the Woman is his counterpoint — raised with nothing, in the harsh uncaring environment she has come to be a cannibal who lives by a simple code.
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She will kill any who harm her. She is not an animal, as she has a sense of injustice and a desire for revenge. Chris has no reason — that we know of — to be the monster.
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The Woman has every reason to be a monster but she is ultimately amoral, acting on instinct in a cruel environment. Peggy comes closest to being a heroine in this film. She alone shows some compassion and courage. Belle is judged by the film to be worthy of death, Brian — groomed to be a monster by his father — is judged similarly. Brian is moulded by his father but there is no compassion for him, he is presented as a monster and nothing more.
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Neither is shown any mercy or provided any depth of character. Is their treatment right or wrong? Were they in control of their own lives? How far can they be considered accountable? Ultimately the film for me was a subversion of the traditional ideals of feminine and masculine values in America. Strangely, perhaps refreshingly, religion was left completely out of the equation.
But is that enough to justify a film that is so controversial, that delves — in such a brutal manner — into themes such as abuse, kidnapping and incest that seem so painfully present in society today?
I am happy with controversy if it is for a reason but this film is treading a very fine line between unsavoury exploitation and thought-provoking horror. It is a ham-fisted offering, the symbolism is so luminous it blinds the viewer. This is a low-brow movie, sorry to sound like a snob — but it is — and it barely drags itself into acceptability.
It delights in a nihilistic daydream of feminine violence and a descent into a feminist dystopian-tribalism.