Thelma & Louise
Dir: Ridley Scott
USA/UK, 1991, English, 129mins, DCP
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Brad Pitt
Thelma, a put-upon housewife, and her best friend, Louise, a world-weary waitress, set out on a fishing trip, only for their weekend away to transform into a life-changing adventure after the advances of a would-be rapist ends in violence. As these fiercely independent women flee across the country with the authorities on their tails, Ridley Scott’s genre-defying road movie fired an unexpected shot across the bows of an all-too-complacent patriarchy. By turns hilarious, heartbreaking, exhilarating and defiantly life-affirming, its themes have only grown more significant in the wake of the #MeToo movement, while the film’s stunning locations across the vastness of the American West amplify our heroines’ sense of helplessness in what has historically been depicted by Hollywood as a man’s world.
Academy Awards: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
24/2 (Sat): Film talk with Fung Ka-ming