Both shocking and deeply moving, Charlize Theron gives a blistering, multi-award winning performance as Aileen Wuornos - America's first female serial killer - in a film that burrows deep beneath the tabloid-sized headline stories to the abusive neglect, doomed romance and lost opportunities that plagued Aileen's life. Nearing suicidal despair, fate brings her together with kindred spirit Selby a young woman throwing off the shackles of her oppressive upbringing. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, Aileen maintains her only means of income - a disastrous lifestyle of prostitution. Fuelled by an escalating fury, Aileen's life spirals into tragic circumstance, prompting a string of ill-fated killings, which leads America's media to designate their first female serial killer a true monster. This Limited Edition 3 Disc DVD Box Set also includes two award-winning Nick Broomfield documentaries 'Aileen Wuornos: the Selling Of A Serial Killer' and 'Aileen: The Life & Death Of A Serial Killer'
Charlize Theron delivers a knockout, cast-against-type performance in this gritty drama, based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a down and out prostitute who was sentenced to death after killing six men between 1989 and 1990. Christina Ricci co-stars as Selby Wall, a lesbian runaway who forms a romantic bond with Wuornos. Inspired by her love (even though she is not gay, strictly speaking) Wuornos tries to get a real job, but after meeting with a string of humiliating failures, she returns to work as a hitchhiking hooker, killing her first victim in self-defence after he rapes and beats her. Eventually, robbing and murdering her clients becomes almost second nature and by the end Wuornos even slays a man who was totally innocent (Scott Wilson). Theron's portrayal of this dangerous yet sympathetic character ranks with some of the greatest performances in cinema. Under heavy makeup, extra weight, and a snarling countenance, she proves herself a fearless, formidable talent, completely unrecognisable from the glamorous beauty of such films as THE ITALIAN JOB (2003) and THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1997). First-time director Jenkins proves herself with this fluid and engrossing work, capturing a lot of sordid detail that other movies exploring this milieu might miss; she also wrote the script, based on actual conversations and prison letters from Wuornos. The moody, paranoia-enhancing soundtrack is by electronica maestro BT. Plus the documentary 'Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer'.
The 4-Skins, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Patty Jenkins, Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill
8 May 2006
Region 2 (Európa)
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