Fantasia 2019 Review: Revenge-Filled ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ is A Satisfying Hit to Patriarchal Expectations

A camera opens on a woman shaking and covered in blood, but it’s not her own. It follows her closely as she quickly washes herself off to hide any evidence of violence. We learn that this is Sarah (Sarah Bolger), a widow who is trying her best to raise her two kids after the murder of her husband. She is the focus of Abner Pastoll’s film, A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, which screened at this year’s Fantasia Fest. This is a film full of misogyny, blood, violence, and a woman fighting back against it all in the name of a better life for her kids.

In the midst of trying to care for her kids and find her husband’s killer, Sarah becomes forcibly involved with a drug dealer named Tito (Andrew Simpson), who shoves his way into her apartment after stealing drugs. Sure, she gets a cut of the profits but as Tito gets too comfortable and familiar with her home, she turns to violence to protect her family. Meanwhile, a grammar-obsessed crime boss named Leo (Edward Hogg) is searching for Tito after he stole his drugs. All of their paths meet in a mess of gore and dismemberment.

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