Victims reclaim their own narratives at Sundance 2019

Victims reclaim their own narratives at Sundance 2019

16th February 20190Byadmin

If the premise of Pippa Bianco’s Share feels depressingly familiar – girl wakes up with no memory of the previous night, until video surfaces of her own assault – the film is notable for what it doesn’t do.

It doesn’t show us the full videos Mandy (Rhianne Barreto) received. Nor the hateful comments and texts she started getting afterward. It offers few concrete clues or details about what might have been done to her. It’s not especially interested in the boys who were there that night, or what their motivations might have been.

What it does instead is prioritize Mandy’s subjective experience of the fallout, in all of its confusion and disorientation. Scenes linger in a depressive funk, or cut away at pivotal moments. Others separate sound and image to signal her increasing sense of dissociation. A few even play out like horror movies, minus the cathartic scares. 

It’s an alienating and often frustrating watch, and that’s exactly the point: This is what Mandy’s headspace feels like right now. Share makes us live through the emotional fallout with her, with scant possibility of escaping into a broader, more superficially “objective” point-of-view. She is the focus of this story, not her assailant(s) or the crimes committed against her. 

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