The Stopover

At the end of their tour of duty in Afghanistan, two young military women, Aurore and Marine, are given three days of decompression leave with their unit at a five-star resort in Cyprus, among tourists. But it's not that easy to forget the war and leave the violence behind.

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  • ★★★★ review by One Room With A View on Letterboxd

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    The Stopover’s compelling setup – a group of soldiers returning from a tour of Afghanistan staying in a five-star Cypriot hotel for “decompression” – makes for a scintillating investigation into memory, guilt, and what it means to be a woman in an aggressively masculine environment.

    The simmering tensions among the group are masterfully brought to a boil in perhaps one of the finest on-screen depictions of the latter since The Silence of the Lambs. Its two female leads bristle with self-defensive hostility towards the men, yet demonstrate a brittle but unbreakable bond of sisterhood between themselves – which they need to survive.

    From start to finish The Stopover delivers emotively acted scenes of inter-gender tension and barely-suppressed rage. The parallels it draws between war and workplace relationships are brazen and powerful.

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  • ★★★★ review by Dannzel Ryan Escobar on Letterboxd

    8/10

    *Streamed online*

    Can't believe how much this swept underneath the radar, SEE THIS.

  • ★★★½ review by 0ona on Letterboxd

    I love Marine! She is like an angry young Ally Sheedy!

  • ★★★★ review by WeiChen on Letterboxd

    在性別暴力之後,很真實。在沙文父權的軍隊社群氛圍裡,普遍女性也無法做為鶴立出於雞群。零散、沒有集體。

    而被女影分享心得的人提點才警覺,對啊,不需要有誰來拯救,女性足夠堅強以面對暴力之後,不需等待男人的救援,自己互相扶持就可以!

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    更有趣的是,電影讓觀眾自己陷入種族歧視、外表歧視,以為賽普勒斯人會是施展暴力者,最後再回馬槍告訴我們,不是喔,是自己人「白人中產男性」!

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    還要繼續改造修煉啊啊!

  • ★★★★ review by phernst on Letterboxd

    Very profound and sensible storytelling.

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