In Atwood's nightmarish fable, the United States of America has become The Republic of Gilead, a right-wing totalitarian state, Women are subjugated and powerless in this society. The world is rife with disease and infection, and few women remain who can have children; these who can are taken by the government, and christened ‘handmaids’. Kate, a handmaid, is sent to the house of Fred, the commander. There she must submit to his demands, and those of Serena Joy, his jealous, vindictive wife. But some things cannot be controlled by The Republic – like Kate’s growing feelings for The Commander’s chauffeur Nick. Or the secret resistance, who meet under darkness.
Give this a try- unforgettable!
- The Handmaid's Tale review by TB
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I last saw this film about 30 years ago and had vague memories of the story line, but it was something I wanted to see again. It is distressing and unsettling without a doubt. The acting is superb and the late Natasha Richardson is the central character & she gives a stellar performance and it makes one realise what a loss her sad death has been. I was engrossed from beginning to end and hope the story line never, ever becomes a reality!