Swept Away

Swept Away

An ugly communist revenge fantasy turns into a scathing story of (a) how oppressors teach oppression and (b) the deceptive power of bourgeois spectacle. There is no justice here; there is only viciousness. Gennarino abuses Raffaela not with regard for reforming her nor for helping his fellow workers, but out of spite. He claims he wants her to know how he feels when she abuses him, but ultimately, he proves to be as manipulative and foolish as she is. She uses him; he uses her. They each have their limits, but these limits are relics of even older systems of injustice (he balks at sodomizing her, for instance, and she won't get divorced). The role reversals repeat until the lines are blurred and all that is left is nastiness.

December count: 40/100

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