This dark, discomfiting film about incest is an odd choice for the directorial debut of actor Tim Roth. Winstone plays a father with designs on his teenage daughter (newcomer Belmont), with son Cunliffe just waiting for the right moment to seek revenge. As emotionally stark as the rain-swept cliffs of Devon, where the dirty deeds are done, the movie--to its credit--doesn't paint the rapist as a quasi-protagonist: Incest is presented here as the heinous act it is.
Though well-acted, it would be hard and beside the point to call Zone entertaining. Roth claims that if one abuser sees the movie and repents, it will have been worth it. But the question is, Where does that leave the rest of us?
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