Traverses a fine line when it comes to casting blame for such heinous actions, detailing how it's often a confluence of forces related to individual acts of violence and the systemic conditions that perpetuate their continuation through neglect or willful ignorance. The Silent Forest is a rough film dealing with sexual violence that works far more than it doesn't, thanks to its nuanced approach when it comes to dealing with these truly unimaginable acts. Often films like this are rooted more in delineation than nuanced exploration, and while The Silent Forest is intrinsically gifted a general framework to follow - given it's based on a true story - the film manages to tap into the complexities of such amoral actions with a sense of nuance that exhibits the cyclical nature of violence and the ease in which victims can become confused in more ways than one when affronted by trauma. Violence begets violence, the obfuscation of confronting such acts only perpetuates their continuation - The Silent Forest could be seen as a somewhat by-the-numbers true crime story, yet its craft and general nuances make it a solid film nonetheless.
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