Pains of the Past Brings Important Social Issue To Forefront

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 20’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 boyfriend’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 “1 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).”

Overall, the film’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.

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