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Men Can’t Be Raped 

After a night out, Eva Randers (Anna Godenius) is raped by a man (Gösta Bredefeldt) in his apartment; the next day, she begins to stalk him. One of the director’s most talked-about films takes place in a Helsinki where everybody speaks Swedish and serves as an interesting illustration of how men’s violence against women was treated and discussed at the time. Sometimes the dialogue comes across as unnatural and preachy, but it’s a good cast and there’s tension in Godenius’s pursuit of the rapist. Much of the film has an authentic feel and Jörn Donner leaves room for us to ponder the message. 

1978-Sweden-Finland. 98 min. Color. Produced, written and directed by Jörn Donner. Novel: Märta Tikkanen. Cinematography: Bille August. Cast: Anna Godenius (Eva Randers), Gösta Bredefeldt (Martin Wester), Toni Regnér (Agneta), Göran Schauman, Algot Böstman, Christer Björkman… Nils Brandt. Voices of Bert-Åke Varg, Jörn Donner.

Trivia: Original title: Män kan inte våldtas. Alternative title: Manrape. The novel has also been turned into a stage play.



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