In what has to possibly be the most bothersome title for a film, Variety is reporting that Samuel L. Jackson, Maria Bello, and Abigail Breslin are set to star in an indie drama called, Rape: A Love Story.
The film is based on a novella by Joyce Carol Oates in which a woman (Maria Bello) begins rebuilding her life after being brutally gang-raped - an attack that is witnessed by her young daughter (Breslin). After the incident, her attackers obsessively stalk the woman, while a sympathetic policeman (played by Jackson) assumes the responsibility of protecting her.
Some worthwhile factoids about this production: the screenplay will be adapted by a man; the film will be directed by a man; and the film will be produced by a man!
Are these facts worth screaming about, or am I just being hypersensitive again?
Rape is an extremely touchy subject that if not handled with the appropriate care could instead trivialize an otherwise profound matter; and while I champion any attempts by films and filmmakers to enlighten audiences on the plight of abused women, I cringe at what often resembles gratuitous exploitation.
No word on when the film will be released - likely some time in 2010.
via BLACK FILM ACADEMY via VARIETY