Coil | Chicago Reader

Coil

Jesse Heffring's sensitive first feature examines both the conflicting emotions caused by rape and the problem of human authenticity in the media age, as a Calgary TV reporter is raped in a launderette and the police refuse to believe her. Feeling helpless and then angry, she reenacts the incident alone, as the rapist, then vandalizes the scene of the crime. Heffring's key technique is showing almost everything through surveillance cameras, at a distance and usually from above. The closer shots, created by blowing up the previous image, are fuzzy and indistinct, while shots of the news anchor who periodically reports on the action are the sharpest. No matter how much the victim tries to assert herself, she's an image maker trapped in imagery not of her making. 79 min. (FC)

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