Film: Death and the Maiden
A 1994 film adaption of the 1990 play La muerte y la doncella written by Ariel Dorfman.Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley, Death and the Maiden covers the events of one night, a decade after the revolution in an unnamed South American country. A lawyer brings a neighbor (Kingsley) home in a storm, where the housewife (Weaver) becomes convinced that the neighbor tortured her years ago. The trio deal with the accusations, old memories, and the conflict between revenge and the law over the course of the night.Has nothing to do with the webcomic of the same name, or that one arc of Batman comics concerning Nyssa al-Ghul.
The movie contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Paulina
- Bald of Evil: Dr. Miranda
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Of course, the Doctor denies everything until the very end.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Poor, poor Paulina. Oh, and it's Truth in Television.
- Dark and Troubled Past: One word: Desaparecidos.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Gerardo when thinks that Paulina abandoned him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Dr. Miranda liked to rape helpless prisoners because he didn't have to be nice.
- Happy Marriage Charade
- Heroic Sacrifice: Paulina didn't report her boyfriend's name while torured.
- Kubrick Stare: Sigourney Weaver gives us few.
- Literary Allusion Title: "Death and the Maiden" is a subject treated in art many times since the renaissance, but the play also specifically references the poem by Matthias Claudius (original title: Der Tod und das Mädchen), which was scored by Franz Schubert.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Paulina throws Miranda's car off a cliff to fake his death.
- Mood Whiplash: The Doctor and Gerardo are drinking and talking about women while Paulina his throwing the doctor's car off a cliff.
- Meaningful Echo: th Doctor always quotes Nietzsche. And it's when Paulina tells she heard the Doctor quoting often Nietzsche that her husband starts to believe her.
- Properly Paranoid: Oh, Paulina.
- Rape and Revenge: Deconstructed.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In-universe. Dr. Miranda used to listen his favourite lied Death and the Maiden while he was raping her.
- In a second moment Gerardo and Miranda are fighting during a rock song.
- Torture Technician: Dr. Miranda.
- Villainous Breakdown. When finally Dr. Miranda confesses.
- Wicked Cultured: Dr. Miranda
- Your Cheating Heart: Gerardo cheated on Paulina while she was disappeared.