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(aka "Die Misandristinnen" )

 

directed by Bruce La Bruce
English/German/Danish 2017

 

THE MISANDRISTS are a separatist faction training in a remote German chateau whose front is a school for wayward girls. Crippled Big Mother (Susanne Sach▀e, THE RASPBERRY REICH) holds court over eight girls who have all been sexually exploited in one way or another by the patriarchy - among them Isolde (Kita Updike), Ute (Victoire Laly), Hilde (Olivia Kundisch), and Helga (Lina Bembe) - with the help of former nun and porn star Sister Dagmar (Viva Ruiz, ADAM & STEVE), Sister Kembra (Kembra Pfahler, WAR IS MENSTRUAL ENVY), Sister Barbara (Caprice Crawford), and sister Grete (Grete Gehrke) who are training them for a revolution at some unspecified point in the future. The closeness of certain girls draws the jealousy and ire of others despite one of the central tenets being that there is no shame in love between two or more women; however, other influences seem more destabilizing. A scheme by Big Mother to make money and spread their message through the production of pornography free of male influence nonetheless requires the official pornographers to watch gay porn for research, some of which proves unexpectedly arousing, while loner Isolde swears infatuated Hilde into secrecy when she hides wounded Volker (Til Schindler) in the school - ostensibly out of solidarity with the revolutionary ideals that have him on the run from the (male) authorities - and there may be an undercover cop among their number. The hothouse atmosphere leads to a number of betrayals, and more than one character must reconcile their revolutionary beliefs with their sexual politics. Bruce LaBruce's (GERONTOPHILIA) latest campy fusion of gender, sexuality, and politics starts out well-enough an attractive and kinetic mise-en-scene and performances that are both arch yet possess conviction amidst much silliness (with terms like "Ger(wo)many", "Wo-manual", and "Her-story" used unironically). Unfortunately, the whole thing runs out of steam by the climax, which manages to be both queasily unpleasant and flat.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 25 May 2018 (USA)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:31:15
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English/German Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:52)
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DVD Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

Comments

Shot in 4K high definition, THE MISANDRISTS gets a typically high-bitrate encode from Strand, resulting in a sharp image with even the scenes utilizing color gels on set looking free of distortion and only slightly noisy from underexposure (or being digitally pumped up past tolerances). The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is front-oriented, but the surrounds are utilized for atmosphere as well to give spread to some of the more frenzied cutaways. Optional English SDH subtitles transcribe English dialogue while some burnt-in subtitles translate some extended German dialogue. The only extras are the film's trailer and trailers for other Strand titles.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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