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M.F.A. (2017)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 13 October 2017 (USA)
An art student taps into a rich source of creative inspiration after the accidental slaughter of her rapist. An unlikely vigilante emerges, set out to avenge college girls whose attackers walked free.

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Timid and withdrawn, Noelle, a California fine arts graduate student, is an outcast having trouble to socially fit in and to impress her fellow painters with her work. Under those circumstances, the thrilled Noelle will accept an invitation to a party by a handsome classmate she has a crush on, only to be lured into his room and be viciously assaulted. As she leaves the house a different woman, Noelle will accidentally kill her rapist on the following night, and much to her surprise, an unexpected surge of inspiration will gradually fuel both her stagnant artistic expression and her thirst for revenge on those who destroyed the lives of innocent women. Now, Noelle is a pitiless vigilante who uses her newly-found sex-appeal to serve her cause. Who says seduction is a dying art? Written by Nick Riganas

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A Powerful Mediation on the Campus Rape Culture and its Consequences
14 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

MFA was really well-received in its premiere at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. There is a long tradition of vigilante films dating back at least to Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. There have even been a few female vigilantes (Jodie Foster in Brave One, for example), but this seems to be the first set against the issue of campus rape culture and a woman seeking vengeance for being horribly violated. The script and the acting is Francesca Eastwood (Yes, Clint's daughter) and Leah McKendrick (who wrote the screenplay) is excellent. The script is subtle and nuanced. The use of original artwork by the Noelle who is an art student is particularly powerful. There are some aspects of this revenge fantasy that are a little unbelievable, but that doesn't really take away from the powerful story which raises an important issue that is gaining more attention (typically in documentaries like Hunting Ground). While this issue has gained a lot more attention in recent years, the conversation really needs to continue. I hope this film gains distribution, because it deserves to be more widely viewed.


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