Anna Maxwell Martin: “The Other Man”
You can watch it here! Only 13 minutes long.
I ran across this while searching for the latest with Anna Maxwell Martin. For a movie about rape the female rape victim does not seem to matter much. It starts with the title, The Other Man. Then the caption, “The Other Man follows Sean’s struggle to deal with his wife’s secret.” That says it all doesn’t it. Rape is about how men deal with rape. Not how men deal with being raped mind you, but how men deal with their “property” being raped by another man.
Quickly we learn that the “other man” is more than likely the rapist. Five years after the rape, Martin’s character Christine decides to reveal the rape secret to her husband via a cell phone call. It can be inferred that it was a stranger rape. Sean, the husband rushes home to “comfort her,” because the first thing she wants while opening up about a rape is for a big man to come up behind her while she is washing dishes and engulf her position. Little comforting takes place because Christine is not telling her story to Sean quick enough for him. At least twice maybe three times Sean questions if the rape actually happens or not.
In a matter of seconds, it becomes all about Sean. Christine follows Sean upstairs to see if he is okay. IF HE IS OKAY! Then comes rage, Sean is throwing shit out, first to go is the wedding dress. Apparently, she had her wedding dress on the day a man entered her house and raped her. Next he loads up the truck with the crap from the attic and brings their daughter (it feels as if it will only be a matter of a few hours before her paternity will be questioned) into a verbal assault against her mother. Christine follows the husband and daughter to the beach with warm clothes for them to wear, where she finds him burning all the household goods from the attic. Christine, the rape victim tries to put on a happy face to cheer him up and in return he rolls his eyes……….