Friday, August 19, 2016

Slaves to the Underground (1997)

A riot grrrl film that portrays something of the grunge culture of the 1990s.

The film is set in Seattle's mid-90s grunge scene where a female rock group, 'No Exits', is on the verge of signing a record deal. However, the relationship between the band's singer Suzy (Ryan) and guitarist Shelly (Gross) is under threat when Shelly's ex-boyfriend Jimmy (Bortz) reappears on the scene. Shelly had left Jimmy because his friend had raped her. But he doesn't know that - up to now. Shelly has fallen in love with the band singer Suzy in the meantime. But she still loves Jimmy, too. So she moves to him again, but Suzy doesn't like that all. Especially because she is becoming a feminist. The conflict is about to threaten the band...

The film deals with issues of love, sexuality, feminism, rape, lesbianism, subcultures, and alienation.

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