‘Violation’ Review: An Unflinchingly Brutal, Needlessly Muddled Story of Trauma and Revenge [TIFF 2020]
Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 by Chris Evangelista
Rage, betrayal, confusion, and bloodshed are the driving factors of Violation, an unflinchingly brutal, often quite gruesome story of a woman who goes to extreme lengths following a terrible incident. Writer-directors Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli do not shy away from the violence, employing meticulously crafted practical effects to portray a jaw-dropping series of events. But while there’s genuine dreamy-nightmarish artistry on display here, there’s also a scattershot approach that, while intentional, does more harm than good.