Gina | Chicago Reader


Denys Arcand's 1974 Quebecois feature begins as a somewhat oppressive satire on life in the Canadian provinces and gradually turns dark and violent. A group of Montreal filmmakers, visiting a small town to do an expose on working conditions at a local textile factory, runs into a gang of threatening rednecks at the town pool hall; the object of contention is Gina (Celine Lomez), a professional stripper passing through for a brief engagement. As tensions between the filmmakers and the factory management mounts, Gina is raped in her hotel room, and sets out on her own campaign of revenge. Arcand's observation of backwater life is almost crushingly accurate, yet the narrative is too uncertainly structured to take in all the political and moral territory he wants to encapsulate.


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