Violation ★★★

A reminiscent of Lars Von Trier's 'Antichrist,' Dusty Mancinelli and Madeleine Sims-Fewer's 'Violation' is a beautifully-written rape-revenge horror that hits hard and mercilessly twists your stomach into knots. It's also full of interesting directorial choices. While its depiction of sexual assault from a female perspective is both bleak and gut-wrenching - which includes and not limited to front and back male nudity, an erection, a prolonged murder, and graphic butchery of a corpse - the film is told out of sequence, spliced together with disjointed scenes and time jumps which dilutes the power had the narrative been told chronologically. But it's the performances in the film that really shine, especially from leads Sims-Fewer and Jesse LaVercombe. Their transition from natural, friendly chemistry to completely sinister is nothing short of remarkable.