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Film / Revenge (2017)

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Revenge is a 2017 French rape and revenge action horror film written and directed by Coralie Fargeat, and starring Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe and Guillaume Bouchède.

Jen is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly––and viciously––intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge!


Revenge contains examples of:

  • Agony of the Feet: When Jen is being chased by Stan on the mountain trail, she smashes the lens of her flashlight and scatters the broken glass on the ground where Stan steps on in with his bare foot; driving the glass shards deep into the sole of his foot.
  • Camping a Crapper: Jen is stalking Demi around the lake, and when he stops to take a piss, she sneaks up and steals the rifle he puts down. However, Demi is actually smarter than he looks and this is actually a trap he has set for Jen, and the rifle is unloaded.
  • Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: When Richard returns to the house after searching the desert for Jen, he takes his shotgun with him when he goes to take a shower. Justified as he knows that Jen is still out there and hunting for him.
  • Car Fu: On seeing Jen standing in the middle of a narrow mountain track, Stan attempts to run her down with his Range Rover. Bad move.
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  • Cat Scare: Richard sits down on the couch only to leap to his feet in fright as the television comes on deafeningly loud. He nervously scouts all round the lounge room before realising he had sat on the remote control.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The peyote the pilot gives Richard when they land at the house. Jen later uses it to kill the pain when she performs Self-Surgery.
  • Dead Animal Warning: Not so much a warning as a perverse practical joke, but Richard wakes up the sleeping Stan by flinging a dead cat on to the windscreen of his car. Stan understandably screams as he awakens to a thump and blood splattered across his windscreen.
  • Destroy the Evidence: After pushing Jen off the cliff, Richard returns to his house and burns all of her personal belongings: removing any trace that she was ever there.
  • Dramatic Drop: Jen is walking slowly through the lounge room with a cold glass in her hand when she turns and sees the two threatening looking hunters leering at her through the glass wall. She gasps and drops the glass which shatters on the floor.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The film takes place over one weekend.
  • Eye Scream: When Dimi is attempting to drown Jen in the lake, Jen manages to snatch his hunting knife from its sheath without him noticing. She then rakes the blade over both his eyes, then jams it up to the hilt in one of his eye sockets.
  • Fakeout Escape: Richard lays a false blood trail across the carpet to make it look like he left the house via the sliding door to lure Jen out of hiding to pursue him. Unfortunately for him, the blood trickling from his wound gives away his hiding spot before Jen falls for his decoy.
  • From Dress to Dressing: After being shot in the shoulder by Jen, Stan uses his sock as a tourniquet to staunch the bleeding.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: When Richard hears a noise, he step out of the shower and picks up his shotgun to go hunting for Jen. He never gets a chance to get dressed, and goes through the final game of cat-and-mouse and shootout completely naked.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: When Stan walks in on Jen as she is changing, she hurriedly covers her boobs with her arms.
  • Heal It with Fire: Jen heals her injuries by cutting open and flattening an aluminum beer can, holding it over the fire and then pressing it against her wound. In doing so she inadvertently brands the beer can's logo on her flesh, which happens to be a The Phoenix.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Richard shoves Jen off a cliff, and she is impaled on a scrubby tree on the floor of the canyon.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: When Demi stops to take a piss, he leaves his rifle propped against a rock. Jen sneaks in and grabs the rifle. However, when she attempts to shoot him, she discovers the rifle is unloaded. Dimi is too experienced a hunter to leave a loaded rifle lying around unattended, and he was actually using the rifle as bait to lure her out of hiding.
  • Law of Inverse Recoil: Averted, as recoil is portrayed fairly realistically. In particular, the first time Jen fires Dimi's Mossberg 590 shotgun, she is completely unprepared for the recoil and it knocks her flat on her ass. The shot goes wild and wings Stan in the shoulder, rather than hitting him in the head. (It should be noted that Dimi, she Fat Bastard she took it off, was much heavier than the slight Jen.)
  • Left for Dead: Richard shoves Jen off a cliff, and she is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a tree on the floor of the canyon. Assuming she is dead, the trio go on their hunting trip and plan to return that evening and dispose of her body. However, when they get back, Jen is not there.
  • The Mistress: Jen is the mistress to the wealthy Richard. Richard claims he is only staying with his wife because of the children. However, after Jen is raped by Richard's friend Stan, Jen threatens to tell his wife what is going on if he does not resolve the situation. Richard then demonstrates that he has no intention of leaving his wife, and decides that Murder Is the Best Solution to get Jen out of the picture.
  • Mushroom Samba: Jen takes a peyote bud as an anaesthetic to kill the pain while she conducts Self-Surgery. However, in the aftermath, she experiences a series of hallucinations, including a sequence where she seemingly wakes up only to be shot in the head by Richard, only to wake up again and have the sequence repeat.
  • Oh, Crap!: The expression on the faces of Richard, Stan and Dimi says it all when they return to the canyon to dispose of Jen's body and look over the edge of the cliff and discover that the body is no longer.
  • The Oner: The is a single long tracking shot that starts when Richard hears a noise and steps out of the shower and picks up his shotgun. The shot then follows him as he prowls the house and the pool area in search of Jen. The long shot is useful as it establishes the exact layout of the corridors where Richard and Jen will later be playing cat-and-mouse.
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  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Everyone who is wounded loses a huge amount of blood. The film features so much blood that, according to director Coralie Fargeat, the prop team would often run out of fake blood. Jen should have bled out somewhere between the canyon and the lake, judging from the Trail of Blood her pursuers follow. Richard is even worse. While playing cat-and-mouse with Jen in the house, he loses so much blood that it pools deeply on the wooden floor and makes it impossible for Jen to maintain her footing in the corridor.
  • The Phoenix: The heroine has been Left for Dead by the villains, and Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a tree, but escapes but setting fire to the tree so that it eventually breaks under her weight. Later she heals her injuries by cutting open and flattening an aluminum beer can, holding it over the fire and then pressing it against her wound. In doing so she inadvertently brands the beer can's logo on her flesh, which happens to be a phoenix.
  • Pistol-Whipping: After Jen walks into his trap, Dimi smashes his rifle butt down on her head. When she awakes, he is attempting to drown her in the lake.
  • Rape and Revenge: Jen is raped by Stan, and then Richard attempts to buy her silence. When she refuses, he pushes her off a cliff and leaves her for dead. Jen survives the fall and comes back seeking revenge.
  • Self-Surgery: Jen uses a hunring knife to cut out the broken branch that is stuck through her abdomen, and then uses a heated aluminium can to cauterize the wound.
  • Sniping the Cockpit: Stan finds Jen walking along a narrow mountain track and attempts to run her down. Jen puts a single shot through the windscreen and straight through his forehead.
  • Trail of Blood: This happens on three occasions. The first time, the villains follow Jen's blood trail from the canyon to the lake, where she loses them by entering the water. In the other two, Jen gets in the first shot, then follows the blood trail only to find the man has doubled back and is waiting in ambush. The first time she only survives because he's been shot in the shoulder and can't aim properly. The second time she's more wary and sees the blood flowing from where he's concealed himself behind the doorway, despite a clear blood trail leading across the room to the window.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Jen is gorgeous by conventional standards. However, over the course her ordeal, she is transformed into a completely different kind of beauty. Her blonde hair is dyed black by blood and dirt, as are her clothes and she becomes a savage goddess of retribution.
  • The Voice: Richard's wife only appears as a voice on the phone: calling her husband while he is away with his mistress.


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