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On her way home from work, mute Thana is raped (with the rapist being
played by Abel Ferrara himself). Totally shaken by this experience, she
eventually returns home, only to find a burglar (Peter Yellen) in her
appartment ... who soon enough decides to rape her as well - but this
time, Thana defends herself, and while he's really at it, she hits him
over the head with a stone, and once knocked out, she even kills him.
Then though she realizes she has a corpse in her appartment, and
somehow has to hide it from her nosey landlady (Editta Sherman) and the
landlady's dog ... so she saws up the corpse in little pieces, puts the
pieces into bags, and everytime she goes out, she takes one of the bags
with her and drops it wherever, in the garbagecan, the open hood of a car,
in a locker at the train station, heck, she even minces a part of her
rapist and feeds it to her landlady's dog.
One time though, she is seen dropping a bag, and a stranger thinks she
has lost it and wants to return it to her - which Thana misinterprets as
an assault, and she pulls a gun (which originally belonged to the burglar)
out of her bag and shoots the stranger ... but mysteriusly enough she
realizes she enjoys shooting people, but only men, filthy, sexist men
(even if she doesn't always check if they are really filthy and sexist
Soon enough, Thana goes on the prowl night after night, shooting
photographers, gangmembers and Arab sheiks alike, and everythign
Thing is, Thana's work (at a fashion manufacturer) suffers under the
strain she has been under, and soon enough, he boss Albert (Albert Sinkys)
offers her two alternatives: either she's fired or she accompanies him to
a big Halloween-party - and Thana decides on the second option ...
However, for the party, she arrives not only dressed up as a nun (and a
very sexy one), she also brings her 45, and when her boss takes her to an
upstairs bedroom, she cold-bloodedly shoots him. Then she returns to the
main partyroom and starts shooting male guests, one after the other -
until a female guest (one of her colleagues at work) grabs a cake knife
and stabs Thana from behind. Knife in the back, Thana hurls around to look
into the face of her assailant, and with her dieing breath, she utters her
first words (at least in the film) - "Sister !" ...
Abel Ferrara's third feature film (after Driller Killer and his
adult film Nine Lives of a Wet Pussy) is also his first
masterpiece, a film that can be seen as exploitation-/rape'n'revenge-flick
or psychological study of a woman traumatized by rape, a B-actioner or a
sensitive portrait of life in New York City's Lower East Side - but
whichever way you see it, the film works like a charm, the direction is
tight, the camerawork is great, the script is fast-paced yet intelligent
and witty, and then 19 year-old Zoe Tamerlis, who carries the entire film on
her shoulders without ever muttering a word (except for the finale) is
nothing short of amazing.
Highest recommendation !!!