Ms .45 ★★★★★

What struck me most about Ms .45 is Ferrara's refusal to sexualize anything about Thana’s trauma -- instead of lecherously gazing at the sex involved in the act of rape, Thana’s face is the focal point of both scenes (there isn't even any nudity involved). The effect is horrifying, as Ferrara treats Thana as a real, suffering human in these acts, not simply an object that is being assaulted. His way of framing these two scenes is an acknowledgment that rape is first and foremost about exerting power and aggression by inflicting terror on another person, not about sex.