A Question of Silence (1983)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Feminist Film  |   Release Date - Mar 18, 1983 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Housewife Edda Barends, waitress Nelly Frijda and secretary Henriette Tol have but one thing in common: murder. Acting virtually on impulse, the three women kill a male store owner who has caught Barends shoplifting. Psychiatrist Cox Habbema is engaged to prove that the women are insane so that they can avoid being sent to prison. A few sessions later, however, Habbema has cast her lot with the killers! The moral seems to be that murder is justified so long as it stems from dissatisfaction with the entire Male population. One would think that Question of Silence (originally released in the Netherlands as De Stilte Rond Christine M...) would be rejected out of hand by the largely male Dutch Film Finance Corporation. Instead, the Corporation was so enthusiastic over writer/director Marleen Gorris' project proposal that it put up all the production money.




arrest, battle-of-the-sexes, courtroom, craziness, feminism, homemaker, hostility, investigation, killing, mental-illness, murder, psychiatry, secretary, shoplifting, stranger, waiter, woman, working-class