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. Not to be confused with the artistic motif of the same name.

The movie contains examples of:

  • Soundtrack Dissonance: In-universe. Dr. Miranda used to listen his favorite lied Death and the Maiden while he was raping her.
    • In a second moment Gerardo and Miranda are fighting during a rock song.