The Last Duel

The Last Duel ★★★½

I can understand why some folks -- especially women -- would not want to watch this movie. It addresses the topic of sexual assault with a bluntness that is both honest and brutal. Despite the fact that the film firmly asserts that Marguerite's experience is the truth, the truth is the last thing that matters to Jean and Jacques.

That's the truly bleak aspect of this film -- the truth never mattered. It was never going to matter, because men like Jacques see no error in what they do, and men like Jean only care about how it affects them. And, perhaps even more devastating, the women around Marguerite view her experience as something she needs to "get over" -- as though her trauma is a rite of passage rather than a brutal violation of her body and her personhood.

Jodie Comer is incredible. She's more than proven her capabilities as an actor while on Killing Eve, and I can't wait to see what she does next.