Revenge(2017): The #MeToo Payback Is A Bitch Flick We’ve Been Waiting For

Nadia Carmon
3 min readFeb 3, 2020
Revenge (2017): A violent thriller with a strong female lead and female director at the helm.

That woman deserves her revenge…and we deserve to die”. ~ Budd, Kill Bill: Vol 2

In a world devoid of fairness, these words amply sum up the moral code of the rape and revenge film universe.

Ushered by the washed-up, has-been villain Budd (A.k.a Sidewinder) in part 2 of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series, they highlight the righteousness of necessary evil in righting the wrongs against the main or supporting characters in the genre’s stories.

In Revenge, a 2017 French film written and directed by Coralie Fargeat, a young woman gets retribution against the men who left her for dead in a harsh desert no-man’s land.

Jen (Portrayed by Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz), our female protagonist, is introduced to us as a sort of everyman’s girl; with golden blonde hair, a bevy of vibrant clothing & accessories, and a perpetually glowed up look.

While we initially assume she’s the girlfriend of rich businessman Richard (Kevin Janssens), we soon learn she’s his mistress.

But it’s not until we’re confronted with the unnerving presence of his hunting buddies Stan and Dimitri (Vincent Colombe & Guillaume Bouchède) that we understand the peril of the risqué situation she’s in; Alone in the middle of nowhere and at…



Nadia Carmon

Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition 2nd Rounder ◌ Script Analyst at Coverfly ◌ Freelance Writer ◌ Black Magic Woman