Not Your Average Tramp Stamp

Let’s hear it for female empowerment movies that are so graphic they could never air on Lifetime TV — flicks such as Hard Candy, Jennifer’s Body, and the latest The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. When it screened at this year’s Miami International Film Festival, women in the sold-out crowd at Gusman clapped and hollered as men cringed. The protagonist, Lisbeth, is a pissed-off, cyber-goth hacker who helps a reporter solve a murder mystery. She’s the one with the dragon tattoo and a thirst for vengeance that gets women out of their seats cheering.

The film is based on the first book in Swede Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which sold upwards of 22 million copies. The original Swedish title was Män som hatar kvinnor — literally, “Men Who Hate Women.” Here’s hoping this sets off a whole new wave of rape-revenge movies. In all likelihood, Hollywood will get its clammy hands on the story, and the remake will lose all riot-grrrl cred. (Unless they plan on arming Gabourey Sidibe with a machete — that would be awesome.) Dragon Tattoo, the top-grossing film in Europe last year, screens at Tower Theatre this Wednesday.
Wed., April 21, 8:40 p.m., 2010


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