Silmästä silmään


Domestic title:
Silmästä silmään
John Webster
John Webster
John Webster
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Mourning is an essential process in life for overcoming the death of a loved one. It can vary in length, but most commonly it begins with the funeral. For the families of victims of violent crime this process is postponed for years, sometimes indefinitely: the police investigation and the following years of legal proceedings, together with screaming tabloid headlines, give no peace for the mourning process to begin. Without help, this prolonged state of grief can have serious physical and emotional consequences for the bereaved. Restorative dialogue (Redi) is a form of trauma therapy for the family members of victims of violent crime. Under specific circumstances it can be beneficial for them to meet the perpetrator – in most cases the murderer – face to face. The most important criteria for this meeting is that the perpetrator should want to ask for forgiveness for the crime. But the benefits are not only one-sided – this face-to-face meeting can also help the perpetrator come to terms with the crime they committed. The film follows two such cases over several months. During the film we witness the unlocking of a state of prolonged grief in the families and the beginnings of a healing process, and we see the perpetrators coming to accept responsibility for their crimes. Major themes in the film are love, loss, the power of asking for forgiveness, and the importance of mourning.
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