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Returning to her East Coast childhood home to heal old familial wounds, Jo (Brooke Adams, Days Of Heaven, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), finds her adoptive mother withdrawn and distant, and a half-sister who has successfully escaped the cold clutches of their family. Impulsively, Jo enters into the troubled life of the neighbors, befriending a couple whose marriage is collapsing under the weight of alcoholism and mental illness.
A melodrama without the traditional indicators, Vengeance Is Mine (originally titled Haunted), is a considerably more pointed continuation of Roemer’s previous insights on fraught relationships. Though completely different in tone than Nothing But A Man and The Plot Against Harry, Vengeance Is Mine forms a trinity of utterly original works confronting the inevitable complications within the American family.
directed by: Michael Roemer
starring: Brooke Adams, Trish Van Devere, Ari Meyers, Jon DeVries
1984 / 118 min / 1.66:1 / English DTS-HD MA 1.0