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Outrage

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Banking on Banderas’ name, A-Pix has packaged the three-year-old Spanish film Outrage as a revenge thriller. But inside the box is an aimless art film, directed by the usually reliable Carlos Saura (Blood Wedding). It begins as an offbeat romance between a reporter (Banderas) and a circus sharpshooter (Neri), then takes a radical turn when she’s brutally raped and guns down her assailants. Yet her ensuing flight from the law never really gets going, nor does Banderas’ moral crisis over whether to abet her or turn her in. The film’s tragic ending leaves us asking ”Why?” — but not in the way Saura intended.

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