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Sometimes a sequel outshines the original and just stands alone making a statement. The Woman for me was one of those films. Following on from Offspring where a savage clan hidden in a cave steal local babies and kill off the town The Woman definitely flips who the savages really are.
Based on books by Jack Ketchum and released as part of the Bloody Disgusting Selects. Unlike most follow ups you don't have to worry about watching Offspring first and in fact it gives it a whole new dimension if you look at it without theorising them together, A middle class white suburban family man hides a dark secret. Literally keeping a woman chained up in the bid to reform her to the ways of what he deems to be the correct values in this modern day.
A huge theme for the film is control and submission not just between 'the woman' and the father (Chris) but also on the control Chris has over his whole family dynamic. There is a clear divide in this family for a man and a woman's place which has lead to many suggesting the film has feminist undertones. If every time a woman stands up for herself it makes her a feminist then sure I can agree with that but personally don't think it will be shown at any women's rights rally's any time soon.
The story is much darker than a kidnapping with a family that has its own worries to deal with before trying to reform a 'savage' woman. These darker secrets unravel through the film making you question those who seem to live an all American perfect life.