As both Precious and Heaven on Earth are films that strive to lend voice to women suffering from domestic abuse, it is clear for one to see that the significant similarity in both films is the violent abuse Precious and Chand deal with throughout the film. Precious deals with the constant violent and sexual abuse from her mother, who is responsible for most of the terrible outcomes in Precious’ life. As for Chand, her arranged marriage led her to live a new life with her husband Rocky who takes out his frustration and anger by violently abusing her.
Referring to George and Rashidi (2014), they both explain domestic violence exists because of “violent space” and that “this space may be erected within marriage not only because of the patriarchal nature of a culture, but also because of the numerous ways women are marginalized by the dominant culture” (p. 67). Another similarity between the two films is that even though both characters deal with life-changing issues, Precious and Chand still have the capacity for happiness and love which they both have special ways of seeking to obtain it.
With Precious, we can that throughout the film, during harsh times she day-dreams to create the reality she dreams. The scene where Precious is getting rapped by her father, she imagines herself at a movie premiere. Because of this, even though Precious is dealing with what we see as a miserable life, the daydreams filled with love and happiness help her cope with the terrifying issues she lives with every day. As for Chand, all she looks forward to in her relationship is to fall in love with her husband. With the abuse that’s continuing in her marriage, her friend Rosa helps her by giving her a root that will make Chand’s husband fall in love with her and hopefully preventing him from hurting her again. The difference between both films is how each character’s struggle is different from each other.
Even though Chand and Precious are violently abused from someone, their stories are completely different. For Precious, she struggles with being a teenager and having children, trying to get an education and escaping her household so she can be away from her mother. As for Chand, besides being abused by her husband, her husband and her in-law’s struggling with obtaining money for the family which creates this abusive relationship for Chand. She also slowly sees her life beginning to mirror an Indian fable involving a King Cobra. In my opinion, Heaven on Earth did a better job at delivering its message because I believe that domestic violence is such a silent topic no one really explores or talks about due to many women around the world not coming forward with their abuse. The message opens a new door for many women to see how many relationships aren’t always perfect. It also shows how women should stand up or even come forward with their abuse because it is something that no woman or man should ever have to deal with. Both Her and Children of Men are acclaimed science fiction films that demonstrate a variety of dimensions of what the world can turn out to be.
It is clear to see that there are two significant differences portrayed in both of the films, the first one being the life and fascination of artificial intelligence in Her and the apocalyptic world portrayed in Children of Men. Theodore in Her portrays his fascination with technology as he falls extremely in love with Samantha who is an operating system. As for Children of Men the movie is based on the apocalyptic world that creates the massive issue of no new life being created as humans can no longer have babies. The second difference between the films is the two different worlds each film takes place in. For example, in Children of Men the characters live in dystopia which is the “imaginary community or society that is undesirable or frightening – the opposite of ‘utopia'” (Sengupta 2017). Whereas in the film Her, they would live in the opposite of dystopia, which would be ‘utopia’ because we see how in Her, Theodore is living his love life exploring places and living his love life with Samantha while in Children of Men we see throughout the whole movie of the apocalyptic disaster they live in with the expense military bases and the frightening government. The similarity between the films is the love and protection demonstrated throughout the film with Theodore and his love for his operating system in Her and for everyone protecting Kee and her child in Children of Men.
The film Her is a much more realistic vision of the future as the film bases a relationship between a man and his operating system demonstrating the love he has for a technological object. This is occurring in today’s society and will continue to emerge in the future as we are all connected and obsessed with our technology such as phones, our computers/laptops, our TV’s, etc. We spend the majority of our time on our technology just as someone would spend time with another human.Question #3 Of all the films presented in class, I believe that the film The Accused has been the most memorable as it provides a message that rape victims, no matter who they are, should be given the right to a trial and fight for justice. The Accused’s message is that no one deserves to be raped, no matter where they live, what they wear, how drunk they are, etc. Also, witnessing someone getting raped should be told to the police immediately.
As for Horeck (2000), she questions “would the spectators, those who stood by and cheered as a woman was gang-raped, be brought to justice?” (p. 3), which is something we all question as these by-standers are witnessing a crime and not immediately taking action. It is not something you can just brush off and say to yourself it isn’t a crime.
I believe the author was successful in conveying that Sarah Tobias was constantly victim-blamed for her being raped because of where she came from and what she was doing that night. To me, I believe it shows the audience that no matter who it is, rape shouldn’t happen to anyone nor should it be acceptable to blame the victim for being raped. The film also shows how rape victims are treated unfairly by the US criminal justice system which is considerably noticeable in the film and on the news in real life. We can see this in the film when Kathryn argues with her boss that Sarah’s case is worthy to fight for and that she can win the case. Therefore, giving the audience the impression that many people do not want to take rape cases because they believe it is hard to win or even hard to prove.
I believe this movie was the most memorable as it is very important for the audience to see what happens behind the scenes of rape victims and how it affects their lives because it is something that is sadly so common and that there is not a lot of stigmatization around it.