This film is no longer available. Thank you for watching. *Online Premiere* The docu-fiction comedy, “What’s Revenge” cuts deep into the wounds of modern relationships doing so with a rare stylishness and killer selection of tunes. The premise is basically implied at this point — something needs to be done about men. Director Kat Hunt is up for the job, playing host provocateur and masterminding a plan to help her friend Erica inflict suffering onto insensitive (at best) ex-boyfriends.
Re-enactments of real events provide justification against three exes, a misogynist, a coward, and a torturer. And the sly, charismatic Hunt delights in ambushing the men demanding answers for their past behavior. But when her schemes to hold them accountable don’t go as planned, she is forced to pivot into new approaches. Predictably the men can be evasive and manipulative (if they even show up), but the confrontations are revealing. At the point where the men feel suitably harassed and embarrassed, we've arrived at the promise of the film. But when it transcends its own plot to deal in complex human reactions, the goal is surpassed.
Throughout it all, Hunt maintains the upper hand, balancing brash tactics with levity and an open mind. Presented as some sort of messy corrective to absent dialogue between men and women, “What’s Revenge” is also really funny, particularly with the arrival of Marco, the baby-faced personal assistant Kat hires to make her seem professional. A memorable closing scene between him, Kat and Erica at a silent retreat upstate offers a possible breakthrough and culminates in a freeze frame ending for the ages. (51 minutes) Directed by Kat Hunt. Starring Kat Hunt and Erica DaSilva.