DVD Crime and Punishment in Suburbia [DVD] [2001] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 13830),
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Crime and Punishment in Suburbia [DVD] [2001] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In director Robert Schmidt's adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's classic novel CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (the "in Suburbia" is Schmidt's addition), the role of the protagonist is played not by a troubled young man who kills his landlady, but by a teenage girl (Monica Keena) who murders an older man who has been molesting her. The punishment, rather than a police interrogation and exile to Siberia, is a series of psychological discussions with a common cop who has a romantic interest in her. An interesting take on an old story, the film raises the nagging moral questions: When is a crime justifiable? and How does the punishment fit the crime?
    • Rating - brutal violence, strong sexuality, language, and substance abuse
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1001442

  • Credits
    Monica Keena, Vincent Kartheiser, Ellen Barkin, James DeBello, Michael Ironside, Lucinda Jenney, Valerie Wildman, Jeffrey Wright
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A striking visual design....The soundtrack uses well-chosen snatches of grunge music..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...It is the kind of movie that lives and breathes....It contains excellent things....The story is a dark, juicy melodrama..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "A dark, disorienting look at the dysfunction that simmers beneath the shiny surface of American suburbia..."

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