DAVID reviews

11 April 2017

Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation: Infernal cycles.

by Jason Stone

Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation: “Sticker” - 30s

As a child's hand peels a love-heart sticker from the inside of a car window, a male voice is heard violently berating his wife - the boy's mother. The camera reveals the child's worried face as he absorbs the anger he's being exposed to and we're reminded that abusive behaviour is often cyclical. It's a poignant glimpse into the life of those who bear witness to abusive relationships.

There's truth in it, of course, but it's not abundantly clear who this is aimed at. Not the child, we assume... though you could argue it's important for him to realise that his father is setting a bad example. Not Mum either... how's she supposed to guide her son away from reproducing the behaviour he's witnessing. So, it must be Dad then.

This poses a difficulty as he would have to be sufficiently self-aware to realise he's abusive but not so much that he recognises the need to stop because of the pain he's causing his wife. It seems improbable that the one thought which would interrupt his tirade is the possibility that his son may follow in his footsteps, Abusers have a tendency towards self-righteousness about their conduct and many would be quite proud to have a son who - as they see it - sticks up for himself instead of allowing women to get the better of him.

It's important to shine a light on abusive behaviour and this may prompt people to donate money to the charity... which can only be a good thing. But it would be even better if it provoked men who inflict abuse on their families to see themselves in it and recognise the need to change.

Film Production: UNIT9 Ⓦ
Director: Michelle Craig
Producer: Mindy Lubert
Executive Producer: Rania Hattar / Luca de Laurentiis
Cinematography: Benjamin Kitchens
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