The Robber Bride–The Movie

Phew!! Finally done with my work reading for the weekend. I finished up with 2 very short books in the same series. (By the way, I hate that WordPress only lets me publish partial feeds b/c of a bug. Sorry.)

For this post, I’ll talk about the movie version of Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride, which starred Mary-Louise Parker as the titular man-stealing tramp who ruined the lives of her best friends. I have always loved this book and thought it would make a great movie–I posted here that it should be “adapted and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (circa 1981). Starring Hanna Schygulla as Charis, Margit Carstensen as Roz, and Barbara Sukowa as Tony, with Margarethe von Trotta as Zenia.”

I was so annoyed to see that the network decided to make it as a detective story!! The book is SO not that at all–it’s a character piece about memory and forgiveness and grudges. But the adaptation became all about forensics and investigation, which really detracted from the story. Also–I really, really didn’t remember that Zenia was really alive, which she was in the movie (at least the first hour, maybe they were making her a figment of the detective’s imagination). But here, she was faking her death and her friends were protecting her. It was really weird and stupid. I just don’t remember that from the book. Am I crazy?

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