- Joe 2018
Rage of Innocence
Mark Pirro, John Ahern (associate) for Pirromount
directed by Mark Pirro
starring Stef Dawson, John McCafferty, Tammy Klein, Chelsea Cook, Bill Devlin, Keeshan Giles, Douglas Macpherson, Lauren Baldwin, Hank Grover, Jessica Bassuk, Ernest Kearney, Ken Bryant, Barb Nance, Tony Cicchetti
written by Mark Pirro, music by Jerry Danielsen
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Vincent (John McCafferty) and Louise (Tammy Klein) have so much in
common, both are teachers, both are widowed, both have young daughters -
Sharon (Chelsea Cook) and Raven (Stef Dawson) respectively - and both are
looking for a serious relationship and are drawn to one another ... so
it's rather unsurprising that they start dating before long - until
Vincent's suspended from duty for inaproppriate conduct with one of his
students. Thing is, he can't even defend himself as it's an anonymous
accusation, and even though the principal (Hank Grover) is convinced of
his innocence, he is bound by law to take the accusation seriously.
Vincent though knows it was Raven, who has been against his relationship
with her mother from day one - but that girl's too clever to leave any
trail that might lead to her. However, even Louise trusts that Vincent is
innocent and they continue to date - until Raven makes everyone believe
Vincent has beaten her up brutally after she has caused a little accident
his daughter suffered. But his defense crumbles when she
"forgives" him because of his understandable rage - even if he
hadn't even touched her, but she planned the thing too well for anyone to
believe that. When he still keeps seeing Louise though, she pulls the
ultimatel piece de resistance, accusing him of raping her, with as much
evidence as his sperm in her vagina and stuff. He didn't do it of course,
and knows how she has gathered all the evidence - but knowing it and
convincing others are two very different pairs of shoes ...
in the light of today's (2018) #metoo movement and everything, this
movie might sound like a bit of a controversial, almost reactionary in
approach - which quite frankly is not the case, this is basically a
psycho-thriller disguised as a fictional case study that not at all claims
to generalize but on the contrary dives uncomfortably deep into the
psyches of its main characters to find motivations for everything and
surprising us with plottwists till the very end. And that this works so
well is thanks to a cleverly written script, a direction assured in the
thriller genre, and a solid ensemble cast giving depth to their well
Well worth a look.