Florence Jaugey's documentary follows a series of domestic and child-abuse cases brought to a world-weary female police officer at the Police Commissaries for Women and Children in Nicaragua. More often than not the women withdraw their charges, even when they've been abused badly. The most interesting segment, in which a husband who clearly loves his wife tries to refute the charges against him, suggests that extreme poverty and a culture of machismo drive good men to hit their wives, lovers, and children. Jaugey doesn't provide much sociological context until a textual epilogue, and the short segments begin to blur together with their litanies of threats and thrown punches, but the film should make good fodder for the discussion that follows the screening. 61 min.