Opening: The rape scene


The rape scene in the first 4 minutes of the movie was way more disturbing than portrayed in the book!

The book by Thomas Rosenboom on which the movie was based makes it a point to portray the workers community as having lost most of their identity and decency because of the poverty and dismal conditions they were in.
In the book, the daughter (Johanna) and the young man (Sieger) had had a sexual relationship with consent of both parents for nearly 2 years. Sieger became frustrated because Johanna didn't get pregnant so they could marry as was the custom in their community. Finally in a drunken stupor the by now desperate Sieger entered the hovel and had sex with Johanna in front of her family to prove he had been trying all along. It was a disturbing scene in the book, but only appeared in the third chapter and then not as graphic and sudden as portrayed in the movie.

By showing the scene out of context liked this for apparent shock value, the first 4 minutes overshadowed whatever drama the rest of the movie tried to convey.

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I totally agree.

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Thanks. That helps explain the father's anemic response. Not having read the book I took the scene in the movie to be depicting the powerlessness of a downtrodden impoverished religiously outcast community. I makes much more sense now and explains how everyone in the scene was obviously well acquainted

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