The short film “Pains of the Past” directed by Michael Coulombe, focuses on an important social problem, rape culture.
The film does a great job keeping you on your toes. It starts of slow but as the scenes progress the story begins to intensify. The protagonist, Scarlett (Alexa Lowry), is a women who appears to be in her late 20â€™s and has to seek for a place to spend the night. She has been evicted from her apartment and refuses to accept any help from her boyfriend.
Scarlett finds a motel that is charging forty dollars a night but she only has thirty-two dollars. The desk-clerk allows her to stay. She settles in her room and the desk-clerk knocks on the door. Scarlett opens the door, the desk-clerk covers her face with a trash bag and rapes her.
She returns to her boyfriendâ€™s home with blood and scars on her face. She never mentions what happened to her at the motel.
The film demonstrates throughout scenes that she was a victim of physical and sexual abuse.
The cast is made up of a diverse group of actors and actresses. The important message to take away from the film is that â€œ1 out of 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Rape is one of the most underreported crimes (Rape Crisis Center).â€
Overall, the filmâ€™s characters grab your attention. The audience can relate to the characters and feel the emotions they are feeling. The film is intended for a mature audience of ages 15 and up. It contains a few graphic scenes that are not suitable for a younger audience. It is an educational film that brings real life problems into perspective.