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Violet Perfume (Perfume de violetas)

Director: Marysa Sistach

(2001. English subtitles. Colour. 90 mins.)


One of the best Mexican films of recent years, Marysa Sistach’s powerful drama focuses on the growing problem of sexual assault in Mexico City. It’s based on the true story of a friendship between two adolescent girls which is torn apart when one of them is brutally raped. Rebellious tomboy Yessica is frequently in trouble at school and at home. Attempting to escape her aggressive stepfather and odious brother, she befriends the middle-class Miriam, spending as much time as possible in the girl’s comfortable house. Terrified after the rape, Yessica is too ashamed to report the crime and lands both herself and her girlfriend in trouble by resorting to petty crime. Sistach’s sober and realistic film offers a powerful critique of a brutally exploitative society.

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